Aberlour A’Bunadh (Batch 53)

Bottle: A dumpy style that hints at antiquity with the wax covered stopper (a nice touch). The labeling tells me the whisky within is produced in the tradition of the 19th century. Not sure what that might mean (did they do NAS whiskies in the 19th century?)…

Nose: Wood polish, raisins, molasses sugar and a touch of aniseed. Rich and heady. This is pungent and luscious.

Body: Thick and syrupy. It’s got a multi-layered texture that I last experienced with the Glenmorangie Signet (another NAS interestingly).

Palate: Shades of cognac here with fizzy popping candy zing due to the high alcohol content. Christmas cake, sour cherry and a little saltiness bordering on parma ham.

Finish:  Dry and fruity with a hint of almonds & cashews at the end.

Neat/Ice/Water: Even though it’s cask strength, and a respectable 59.7% at that, it’s absolutely perfect neat.

Verdict: Stunning. Wow, I really was not expecting this at this price point. It’s astonishing value for money at £40. I only bought one as it was on special too. I’m even more surprised because historically I haven’t rated the few Aberlour’s I’ve tried that had age statements so wasn’t expecting a lot here. This has blown my socks off and I’m going back to get another asap. 100% matured in Oloroso sherry butts it’s a meaty and intense dram that absolutely deserves it’s place in the sherry monsters hall of fame. Every mouthful is lively and immensely satisfying. Where most NAS whiskies underwhelm me, this one has smashed it out of the park. Bravo!

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