Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55, NAS, 60,9 %

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55

Time to review another release in the long running A'bunadh series from Aberlour. The Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55 is currently on sale, although not in Norway as the ABV is above 60 % (Yeah, I know, stupid old rules).

The A'bunadh series has been running since 1997. The releases are No Age Statement (NAS), and a sure proof that NAS can also be high quality whisky. The contents of an A'bunadh is said to typically be made up from casks containing whisy in the range of 5 to 25 YO. All the casks used are Oloroso sherry casks.

You can buy the Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #55 in Sweden at SEK 639 (44501), and online at around GBP 50.

Nose: Dark chocolate, rum, dates, raisins, cocoa, old books and soft oaky notes. After a few minutes I start picking up berries and green notes as well; black currant, blueberry, chopped herbs and cut grass. There's a fair bit of what I would call 'dark sherry notes' here, but at the same time it feels light. So darkness and light meet here, and it works a charm.

Taste: Smooth and silken mouthfeel. Spicy and green at first. The sweetness is strangely herbal. Light oakiness, honey, chocolate and red berries.

Finish: Medium long finish. Chocolate, rich caramel, and still a lot of herbs. I also pick up a faint bitterness towards the end - almost medicinal in character (though this is no Islay style medicinal touch).

Comments: A lovely dram, as (almost) always in the A'bunadh series, but it also has a somewhat strange green touch to it.

Score (86/100)

Sláinte! - Thomas

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