TYPE Blended Malt
COLOR Dark amber
NOSE Scorches your nose hairs, like inhaling industrial-strength mints.
PALATE Incredibly potent bite. I think I can sort of taste a hint of vanilla for a split second and then the alcohol takes over. Good lord.
FINISH A fire going down your throat and into your belly.
70 out of 100
NOTES If your whisky tasting evening with your friends is going alright but you want to spice things up a bit by getting everyone absolutely hammered, then its time to bring out the Aberlour A’bunadh with its preposterous 60% volume of alcohol. This thing is an absolute beast and even a wee dram will have you slurring your speech, stumbling over your feet and fumbling at your keyboardhg.z.
I can’t honestly say I can taste any particularly distinct flavours in this blend. I think its pretty much made to get you wasted. In the interests of full disclosure I’ve been out drinking at the pub before I came home to drink this. Perhaps that was a mistake.
Probably the best thing about this brand of Aberlour is saying A’bunadh (pronounced ‘Ah-bunner’) out loud. A’bunadhhhh!!!
While strong I wouldn’t really call 60% ABV “preposterous”. Many distilleries produce expressions from around 55% to more than 60%, known as “cask strength”. Try adding a teaspoonful of water to see if that takes the edge off and opens it up a bit. Alternatively (or in addition) if it had ice in it, try it without to get more out of the aroma and flavour.
The A’bunadh is a single malt; a blended malt, as you’ve stated, contains malt whisky from multiple distilleries.