Thursday, December 29, 2011

Warts and all - Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch No.37

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch No.37
On a recent trip to the ‪Diplomat‬'s in Brisbane I was graciously introduced to the world Aberlour A'Bunadh and wow what an extraordinary expression I found it to be. With a chance to order a few bottles of whisky from Master Of Malt I could not resist nabbing a tight bottle of the A'Bunadh for myself. Now with Dramcember in full swing like Castle Hill key party I chose to open this bottle on Christmas eve for the special treat. Ho Ho Ho and all that.

Aberlour A'Bunadh
Single Cask Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch No.37
Alcohol: 59.6%
Location/region: Speyside

The bottle is slightly offensive yet uniquely intriguing at the same time. Squat and rotund with a wide mouth for easy dramming.

The colour is that of stained coffee. Brown with a slight tint of burgundy around the edges.

The nose is enormous. Fruit and nut chocolate with heaps of raisins turing to toasty burnt caramels with only slight floral notes typical of a Speyside. The alcohol is extreme and a real rush up the nose (be careful not to inhale too deep). There is all kinds of goodness going on here with the booty scale rating at +10 junk in the trunk.

To taste your tongue tingles immediately from the alcohol that deadens a lot of the bouquet from the nose. Silky to a degree and a real chew on the pallet. The fruit and nut is still there but falls into the background and soon the whole pallet starts to burn. Too much alcohol all round which is a real pity as the Batch no. 32 I recall was not so extreme.

Finish is long and spicy with a rush right deep down into the chest that just seeps into the bone. 20min after finishing a dram your still feeling the effects of this mini cauldron.

Overall the balance weighs too much on the alcohol. Like a nary wart in a witches nose you just can;t stop looking at it. A real winter treat none the less with one dram a night being enough. Like the mother-in-law take in moderation.

Goes really really really well with a quality dark fruit cake or hot plum pudding. If I was to give a dram it would be a 5 3/4 out of 7. I am a lover of the cask strengths there is not denying it but I had to cut a good 1/2 point off the rating due to all the alcohol spoiling the broth.

The Baron

A few side notes include:

A dash of water settled the dragon not doubt, but still not my bag baby.

Ignore the tasting notes on the packaging. If they were ever accurate it was never intended for this batch.