I'm going to purchase Bruichladdich 12, Lag 16yo, and I have to decide between Glenfarclas 105 and Aberlour A'bundadh.
Does anyone have a preference? Why?
Thanks for the help.
I've only had batch 12 & 17 of the Aberlour and the latter is supposed to be one of the better batches. It's not bad but I feel it's trying too hard; just too much of everything. It has a very strong sherry character but it's also very like a small batch bourbon which must be a result of widespread use of american oak in the spanish sherry production. I know most people will disagree with me but I feel the 105 is a not only a great whisky but it's also a typical Glenfarclas - and it's balanced too! The Abunadh reminds me of a toddy which I won't drink unless I have a cold. But each to his own - and from what I've read on this forum no one will agree with me.
Mr Fjeld wrote:I'm afraid I'm going to be the only dissenting voice here but personaly I prefer the 105. ...,The Abunadh reminds me of a toddy which I won't drink unless I have a cold. But each to his own - and from what I've read on this forum no one will agree with me.
Completely agree Crazy thing is there are so many fans of Abunadh that I've waded through two bottles of that crystallised sherry treacle in attempt to enjoy it ! I would say if you don't like the Aberlour 10yo at all (I really do not like it) I would be wary of its pumped up cousin.
I've had the Aberlour 12 double cask, I found it to be candy like in character. But from what everyone on the forum was saying, I was thinking the A'bunadh might be the way to go.
That being said, I am now leaning towards the 105. I've a friend who suggested it and now three prolific members of the forum to recommend (many thanks to you).
Thanks again for your help.
One other amazing Glenfarclas dram though - that any french/dutch/belgian on the list could perhaps pick up (that I find to be a notch over the A'bunadh batch 20) - is the Glenfarclas Heritage Cask Strength sold at (and I believe specially bottled for) Auchan supermarkets (bought two for less than 40â‚¬/each when at Disney Paris and just finished the first one)
A'bunadh varies, 105 doesn't or at least I suppose with a lesser intensity.
A'bunadh can be chocolatey/orange or very winey.. with a few exception with sulphur notes - bearable though-
Batches # 20, 18 or 17 would be my fav over the 105 but not batch 21.
The a'bunagh I had was batch 22, big, heavy, sweet, syrupy, and in my eyes slightly artificial. I've previously had a batch 15 which was slightly better. Not such a fan.
Round 1 to the 105...
For me, it's a tough call between the 105 and a'bunadh. I rated both very, very highly, but I'd (narrowly) choose the a'bunadh over the 105 because of the former's thick, syrupy nature.
(That sounds kinda wishy-washy, too, doesn't it?!?)
But I prefer the A'bunadh
If you want you could see my tasting notes (use the translator):
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