Aberlour A’bunadh batch #47, NAS, 60,7 %

Aberlour A'bunadh batch #47I have tasted four different batches of Aberlour A’bunadh so far, #24, #37, #45 and today #47. My husband has reviewed batch #12.

Aberlour A’bunadh has matured in sherry butts. It is a no age statement (NAS) whisky. A’bunadh means ‘the original’ in Gaelic. The whisky is made using only traditional methods and it is bottled at cask strength. Personally I prefer cask strength whiskies, which I think brings additional flavour and complexity to the whisky.

This batch of Aberlour A’bunadh is not available in Norway since it is above 60 % ABV, which is the maximum limit for legal alcohol in Norway. I am not sure which batch is available in Sweden since Systembolaget does not specify batch number except from the picture of the bottle which says batch #28. I doubt that is correct. Well, anyway Aberlour A’bunadh batch #unknown is available for SEK 629 (item number 445).

Nose (23/25): Such a lovely nose! Actually a lot of chocolate mixed with orange peel. Really smooth. Some mint makes it fresh after a while in the glass. And of course there are lots of figs and prunes and peaches as well. This is really a sherry bomb. With some water added, I think I detected some sulfur.

Taste (23/25): Full and complex. A bit sweet, but no chocolate. Just the lovely taste of figs and dates, and some orange here as well.

Finish (24/25): A lot of dark chocolate and some orange. Not too dry though. Just perfect. The aftertaste is lingering…wow! It almost can not get any better than this!

Balance (23/25): This is the best batch of A’bunadh I have ever tasted. Especially the finish was perfect. I added a few drops of water after a while. I don’t think that improved the smell, but it brought chocolate to the taste.

Score (93/100)

– Tone

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Tone
    So many batches!
    How much difference between batches?
    For me its a matchless / batchless whisky!
    David

    • Hi David,
      I have tasted four different batches and scored them 89-93 points…so, I like them all 😉 It would have been interesting to compare them to explore the differences. My memories of the whiskies I have tasted isn’t good enough to answer your question.

      Have you had the chance to taste many of them yourself?

      • I have one at home – but don’t recollect the batch number. I think it is a wonderful sherrymonster!

  2. Hi Folks,
    i tasted Batch 45, 47 and today 49.
    45 i loved a lot and was kind of dissapointed about 47. There was less Sherry flavour in it.
    As i read about the quality of 49, which was out new, i decided to give it a chance now.
    I have to say that it is great, fruity sherry at its fullest and in comparison to 45 less oak, less bitter finish.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Christoph! There are quite big differences from batch to batch. I quite liked the 47 myself, although not as much as my wife did. I have tried better batches than 47, that’s for sure. Sounds like we should try 49 when we get the chance!

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