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Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 68, bottled at 61.5% ABV.
Aberlour A’bunadh is a small batch, no age statement Speyside Single Malt whisky. Each batch varies slightly and has a different alcoholic strength but they are all created to ensure a rich and complex flavour of moist raisin, and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength (between around 59% to 61% ABV) resulting in a robust and deeply intense, Sherried whisky.
Aberlour distillery is located in Aberlourtown in Speyside at the crossings of the rivers Lour and Spey near the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes. Contrary to the date of 1879 on the Aberlour label, the distillery was founded by James Gordon and Peter Weir in 1826. The original distillery, which was destroyed in a fire, was rebuilt in 1879 by James Fleming, and this is the date marked on the bottles. More recently the distillery was acquired by Pernod Ricard when they took over Campbell Distillers in 1975. Aberlour is a Gaelic word meaning “mouth of the chattering burn” (stream). The water source for Aberlour flows from Ben Rinnes, through the local peat and granite of the Lour valley and onto the distillery. The water is naturally soft and is used in all stages of production, and helps to lend Aberlour its smooth, delicate character.
Aberlour A’Bunadh (which is the Gaelic for “origin”) is a limited run, small batch, cask-strength single malt whisky. It is bottled as No Age Statement (NAS) whisky. A’Bunadh owes its huge levels of complexity and flavour, thanks to its maturation in the very best first fill Oloroso sherry casks. It is one of the most heavily sherried single malts and owes it softness and sweet flavours to this process. The whisky itself is non-chill-filtered, and bottled at natural cask strength. Aberlour A’Bunadh is probably one of the best value cask strength whiskies available. Add a few drops of water to release the aromas and flavours.
Colour: Auburn gold
Nose: Aromas of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso Sherry
Palate: Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with Sherry and Oak. Full bodied and creamy
Finish: Robust and intense with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak