Di Blasi wrote: And after being recently disappointed with my batch #12 Aberlour A'bunadh, I will definitely have difficulty finishing the full bottle. The A'bunadh is overly sherried, so much so that it gets rather mediciney, like overly sweet and concentrated cough syrup, and leaves an unpleasantness on your palette. I will try and be a bit more patient with it, give it more air, taste it over and over and over and hope it gets better. But I just wish I wouldn't have opened it so that I could have sold it on, made a few bucks to buy something else I'd enjoy more.
i had a bottle of #12 last year (my intro to a'bunadh and cs sherry monsters for that matter) and was likewise initially disappointed. but by the end of the bottle many months later i counted it as a favorite. i don't know if it was oxidation or my becoming acclimated to the taste, but i've been searching high and low for the fabled #14 as a result. hope you have similar luck.
Outisde of the MAcallan, I would probably pick the Aberlour, though I hear that the latest bottlings of the Glenfarclas have been great...
Its hard to tell, since the quality of the bottlings varies so much even within the same expression.....
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