Aberlour A’Bunadh Single Malt Scotch : This no-age-statement Aberlour A’Bunadh (pronounced: a-boo-nah) is from the Speyside region of Scotland and is exclusively matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts. This particular bottle was from batch number 42 and has a 60.3% alc/vol. Note that some flavours may vary due to the different cask batches. However, the core notes explained should be noticeable. On the nose: you’ll experience very strong and sweet notes of sherry. This is quickly followed up by hints of marzipan and mixed fruits. There is also a very small waft of chocolate that lingers. It’s as if there is a M&S Cherry Chocolate dangling in front of your nose! On the palate: those sweet sherry and dark chocolate notes will be confirmed. It has a beautiful milky texture to it and after a second or two you’ll get some hints of oak creeping in. There is also a very, very small amount of orange zest lingering around in there too. The finish: has a very warm and moderate kick. You’ll start to notice that bitter aftertaste of chocolate and a little bit of graininess.
The verdict: This is a great scotch and is definitely worth the price. I’d suggest adding just a touch of water to neutralise the very warm, moderate alcohol burn. As with all single malt scotches – this is best enjoyed straight, or with a very small amount of mineral water to allow the flavours to breathe.
Aberlour A’Bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online or any supermarket for approximately £40