Aberlour A’bunadh: Batch 39, 59.8% ABV, Father’s Day Gift.
Color: Amber +2 with a hint of golden orange glow. Slow thick tears.
Nose: Pepper, port wine, raisins, carmel, sweet floral, cocoa, citrus zest.
Mouth Feel/Taste: Rich and oily. Hot, black pepper, sherry, bitter dark chocolate, green leafy vegetative, strawberry jam, raisins.
Finish: Warm, dry with more sherry, mincemeat
With Water: N: More pepper, raisins, stronger red wine note.
T: The heat is tamed, slight cinnamon candy.
Score: Taste: 71, Value: 10, Uniqueness: 5, Buy Again: 3 Total: 89
This is a very intense dram. A lot of flavor and overall a very good scotch. A bit spicy due to it’s high ABV but it mellows out nicely with water. The more time you give it the more it opens. My chief negative marks are: no statement on coloring, It’s a little pricy and sometimes hard to find. Compared to CS Macallan, a bit more rough around the edges and also no age statement, but very much worth purchase for a special event, especially for us sherry scotch fans. Depending on the day, I could add or subtract an overall point or two.