Aberlour A’Bunadh (Batch 45)
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 strong hit of aniseed 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: Superior. This is almost, almost identical to the batch 53 that I reviewed not so long ago. There is a minor difference in the finish in that this one has a blast of aniseed at the end which isn’t quite as satisfying as the almondy touch that the 53 has. I’m splitting hairs however and make no mistake, this is bloody marvelous stuff indeed. Check out the batch 53 review and apply to this baby. The superlatives are the same… Thanks to Q for letting me kill the bottle!