Finally got my hands on a release of this well respected Aberlour A’Bunadh. The name is derived from Gaelic, meaning “return to origin”. That’s because the whisky has been produced according to the methods that were common around 1870’s. I ordered a sample of Batch 47 of the popular A’Bunadh series. You don’t have to do much homework to find out that this non age stated, sherry matured and cask strength whisky from Speyside has a great track record. Pretty much all you can get are praising reviews, one after another. Of course there are exceptions, like Ralfy with his Batch 48 review (below this post). And by exception, I mean 84 points, which still is rather good.
I’ve seen some statements that batch 48 and 50 are dodgy, but it’s always just a matter of opinion. Another respected reviewer Serge in his Whiskyfun blog seems to like all of the batches between 47 and 50. And Whisky Connosr is full of good reviews from the recent batches as well.
So with a track record, that this Aberlour series has, even a guy like me (not a big fan of sherry matured whiskies) is comfortable ordering samples. I wish I had bought a whole bottle. Matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts, Batch 47 is great. And that is my opinion.
Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 47 is definitely like Kick-Ass the film. Like the movie, this whisky balances very well between lightness and roughness. A powerful character, full of action, yet with smooth and sweet spots. A versatile dram in good balance.
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Ralfy with Batch 48 review: