Aberlour a’Bunadh (Batch 36)

Given that the Aberlour a’Bunadh is a whisky that I keep referring to in my reviews, it’s probably a good idea that I put up a review so that you can get a sense for what all the fuss is about. The Aberlour a’Bunadh is another example of a great ‘no age statement’ whisky, showing once again the truth in Jim Murray’s wise words, “age does not a good whisky make”. To me, it shares a number of characteristics with the Springbank 12 CW, but mostly in the richness, the colour, and the “christmas-y” nose and finish.

Nose: Apples and caramel, hints of raisins, and of course, sherry. Spices that would be discernable to a more experienced connisseur.

Palate: Rich, warm, buttery sherried caramel. Dark chocolate. Warm and anesthetic. It almost has the texture of melted butter to match the flavours. A truly spectacular winter dram

Finish: Long, warm, “christmas”, some residual ashes–a lovely touch.

Grade: B+

Sure, this review will be short, but that’s not for a lack of great things to say. There isn’t much qualification needed for this whisky. It fills one of my 5 permanent spots in my cabinet, satisfying my cravings for speyside, a sherry-bomb, viscosity, or a dessert (in winter). A whisky that serves so many purposes is worthy of such a spot.

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