Aberlour a’bunadh Batch 66: New bottling of the popular Speysider

The intensely aromatic Aberlour Single Malt Whisky was matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts

 

A new batch of Aberlour a’bunadh is on market: It’s batch number 66 and, in addition to the well-known, deeply spicy aromas with orange, cherry and chocolate notes, it presents an alcohol content of 59.2% ABV.

In discussions about the pros and cons of whiskies without age statement, this whisky is repeatedly cited as an example that age doesn’t matter: The Aberlour a'bunadh was released without age statement, long before the abbreviation NAS got popular, and nobody was interested in discussions about it, because the A’bunadh plays in a league of its own. Despite the lack of an age statement, the Speyside whisky with its impressive color (all natural of course, the A’bunadh is neither colored nor chill-filtered) is one of those editions that many whisky fans would put on their recommendation list “10 whiskies you should definitely try”.

Aberlour whisky from the origin

"A’bunadh" refers to the Gaelic term for "the Origin". Anyone who has ever visited the Aberlour Distillery may know the story that they are happy to tell on tours about the background of this name: The A’bunadh is an attempt to recreate the old whisky style that was cultivated here in Aberlour at the end of the 19th century. This style is known because in 1975 a time capsule with a newspaper from 1898 was found when the second pair of stills was installed at the distillery. A bottle of Aberlour Whisky was wrapped in this newspaper, and the workers enjoyed several drams of it before the rest went to the laboratory for analysis.

Every batch a bit of an own character

Historical origin or not: The Aberlour a’bunadh has been thrilling us since 1997 with its intense aroma created by Oloroso sherry butts. It is released in small batches, sometimes there are four batches a year, sometimes five or even six, and not all of them are available in every country. The batches of the Aberlour a'bunadh differ slightly in aroma and alcoholic strength. There is a lot of speculation about the age of the batched whiskies, you often read about 5 to 25 years maturation.

Tasting notes for Aberlour a’bunadh

Aroma: Intense with spices, chocolates and oranges.

Taste: Full-bodied, notes of black cherries, ginger and dark chocolate.

Finish: Long-lasting and balanced with a hint of oak.