Decided to splurge and pick up this bottle of Aberlour a’bunadh while in Ottawa. I think I’ve had this before. Can’t imagine why. I don’t make it a habit of spending more than $90 on booze unless I’m celebrating. Anyways, I was feeling giddy about extending the Aberlour streak.
I’m a sucker for marketing and the Gaelic name and wax seal totally drew me in. The numbered batch indication also appealed to the snob in me. The box also tells a pretty story about the a’bunadh origins and tasting notes. But on to my impressions.
This cask strength bottle is strong in all aspects. It’s labelled as 60.2% alcohol content. The nose backs this up. A whiff of this stuff will wake you up to be sure. Aside from the alcohol shock, the sherry aroma is near overpowering. Can’t say it did much for me but I didn’t let it stop me.
Not surprising, the flavour is similarly strong. The first flash is sherry but follows quickly with a bloom of fruit and a dry undertone that coats everything from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. That dry haze of a woody nature, hangs around for the after taste and is slow to dissipate. An enjoyable tasting experience from start to finish but not something that can be rushed. Five quick drinks and I’m pretty sure I’d either be passed out or blind. Save for a special, leisurely occasion. I think this bottle may actually last for a while.
Strong, bold, and not to be taken lightly. 4 shots!