Strength: 60.6 %
Aberlour a'bunadh (I pronounce it "ah-boo-NARRRGGHHHHH", whether that is correct or not) is bottled in cask-strength, numbered batches and non chill-filtered. I think a little water is necessary for anything over 60 %, and this sherry monster takes it well. The flavor profile actually changes quite dramatically depending on how much water. A touch of water releases a spicy feast of cinnamon raisin, gingerbread, and candied fruit. Add more water and the drink gets delightfully creamy and mouth-coating, but the spices become tempered. Aiming for the perfect balance between spice and cream is the delight (or frustration) of this dram.
There is no age statement, but a'bunadh is reportedly a mix of young and old malts. The sherry influence is certainly dominant, but a'bunadh still comes out tasting like a whisky, unlike some sherry casked whiskies that end up tasting more like wine than spirit. There is not much wood influence in this drink, but otherwise it is supremely balanced and a great example of sherry cask aging done right. 95 points (A).
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