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Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 47 review

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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.

Aberlour A'bunadh batch 47 review

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.

Smooth, good whisky in a KICK-ASS way

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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Matured in:
Ex-Oloroso Sherry butts
Colour: Light mahogany
Nose: Starts with sweet licorice, which fades away quickly. Little bit of rubber, lot of sherry and oak. Lots of dark and fruity notes, but with time, sweet cherry aromas raise from the back.
Taste: Sherry is involved of course. Crispy plums, sweet oranges and hints of cherry. Great mix of dark, red, sweet and crispy fruits.
Finish: Bit dry, oak is very well presented. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, like roasted coffee. Bit crispy too, like chewing some baking soda.
Balance: I like it a lot, even though the sherry notes are huge. It is nicely dark and in balance, not too sweet as sherry matured whiskies tend to be.

Scoring

92
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
23
23
23
23
Distillery: Aberlour Region: Speyside ABV: 60.7% Non-chill filtered, no added colour

Ralfy with Batch 48 review:

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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