The Fachan wrote:Folks
I have heard so much about the magical A'bunadh batch14, please someone tell me why it is so different?
It's the balance of the sherry and the malt with some earthy & woody back notes. All in all I find it well balanced and better than some previous batches (which were still very good). My first mouthful made me pause and stare at the glass for a while, it was that good. I've been one of the people banging the drum about this batch here on the forum and I'm glad I've stocked up.
The 17 has only just arrived on Australian shores and i,ve yet to sample it although one well know australian whisky identity said to me he though it had more bourbon wood than previous batches , but was still a great dram ? any comments for the ones who have tasted it ?
Aberlour a'bunadh is a natural single cask strength malt whisky. Taken directly from specially selected sherry casks it is bottled as simply as possible without the use of modern filtering methods or the addition of water.
Actually, now that I look at it, that phrase "natural single cask strength malt whisky" is a bit ambiguous. And if it is single-cask, then most of batch 14 must be in the hands of members here! But anyway, it's all sherry.
Hey i'm not sure as i've not tasted the 17, and the other batches have been sherry monsters.
Has any one who has tasted it , detected some bourbon traits ?
A batch run of a'bunadh is made up from 80 to 100 casks of various ages, hence the 'batch' in the name. The men who make up the batches actually like some variation from batch to batch so that the average punter can taste the difference, they do not want the batches to be identical.
It's really good whisky and I look forward to trying 16 & 17 soon.
the well know guy I know must have just picked up some vanilla with fruit in the mix of the 17 and assumed bourbon wood.
Now i want a bottle to just compare to the other batches i have. We had the 16 at a recent club meeting and it was a stand out as usual
I love the fruits/ sherry, christmas pudding and cookie dough. Great body, great after a fine meal, hey Christmas day would be a fine bet.
Great value for money here too ( bang for your buck).
Whilst the subsequent batches have all been good, and yes, they are reasonably consistent, my own palate leads me to believe that the casks that went into Batch #6 were possibly just a few years older than the subsequent releases.
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