Évalué par Whisky Joe
Aberlour A’Bunadh is like Muhammad Ali; widely known, incredibly popular, loud and bold, often celebrated as the greatest of all time, even if somewhat controversially. Aberlour is owned by Chivas Brothers, a subsidiary of spirits giant Pernod Ricard. Aberlour A’Bunadh is a bit complicated. It is regularly released in numbered batches, and the flavours as well as the alcohol percentage can vary from one batch to another. The reviewed batch is number 53. A bit of controversy exists surrounding the colouring issue. German websites stocking A’Bunadh sometimes indicate “mit farbstoff” which means it’s coloured with e150a. However, sources directly from Aberlour state that A’Bunadh is NOT coloured with e150a. Perhaps the Germans can’t be bothered to verify the information. Maybe they’re just playing it safe. For what it’s worth, I tend to believe the folks at Aberlour.
- Nose (undiluted): a big hit of oranges right away, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, dry Sherry with a bit of a savoury/umami note in the background
- Palate (undiluted): rich, very thick and full bodied, cherries, dark chocolate, orange zest
- Finish: medium-long, sweet cherries with some dark chocolate and oak spices lingering with a pleasant drying tannic note at the very end
With water there’s more oak on the nose, maybe even some cranberries, and the oranges take a back seat. It feels a bit spicier and more drying on the palate and finish, more Sherry-like. There’s also some raw almonds on the palate and finish when it’s diluted. Maybe a bit of a balsamic vinegar note at the tail end. I expected this A’Bunadh to be much sweeter, but it’s quite balanced. I really like it a lot.
Rating: 4/5 moustaches