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Aberlour A’Bunadh Review

Distiller: Aberlour. Region: Highlands. ABV: 60.7% (varies slightly by batch). Price: $65-80.

Looking for your go-to sherry bomb? Look no further.

Aberlour A’bunadh (pronounced ah-boon-AR, means “origin”) is a powerhouse cask-strength dram at a fair price. There’s batch-to-batch variation, naturally, so Google a bit to make sure you’re getting a good one. And there are plenty of good ones.

This one, the Batch 47, was a masterpiece.

It has a big nose of stewed prunes, French Roast coffee beans, molasses, and spice, especially allspice and clove. All these carry through to the palate, revolving around a rich, malty core. There are more stewed sherry fruits–apple, peach, and fig. Somehow it still maintains balance–and starting at a huge 60.7% ABV, it will take as much water as you’ll give it. Long spicy finish.

Love the Glenfarclas 105? Dreaming of the long-gone Macallan Cask Strength? Then the A’Bunadh is a can’t-miss.

Cheers, friends! – BO

Aberlour 12 Non Chill-Filtered Review

Distiller: Aberlour. Age: 12 years. 48% ABV.  Region: Highland. Price: $50.

One answer to an unseasonably chilly evening: the marvelous Aberlour 12 Non Chill-Filtered. First had this when I was a peat freak, turning my nose up at anything that wasn’t Octomorish. This changed it all.

The standard Aberlour 12 is too mild-mannered to stand out from the crowd, especially at a mere 40%, but the 48% NCF makes all kinds of things pop.

Beautifully perfumed nose. Malt, stewed pears, brown sugar, a wisp of peat, and allspice in such perfect harmony it’s a minor miracle. On tongue there’s rich oily sherry, baked apples, and cinnamon, with a long finish. Hints of the A’Bunadh character, but far milder and more refined. My shelf’s got room for them both.

Let’s hear it for the Highlands! – BO

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