Aberlour distillery is located in the heart of Speyside, just a stone's throw from the great river itself, and distilling began on the site in 1826. Today, Aberlour trades as part of Pernod's Chivas Brothers subsidiary, and Aberlour single malt enjoys notably strong sales in France. Indeed, a much larger percentage of the Aberlour 'make' is bottled as a single malt than most of its rivals. Only some 50 per cent of the distillery's output finds its way into blended whiskies.
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|Aberlour, A’Bunadh (Scotland) |
The name ‘A’Bunadh’ is Gaelic for ‘the origin’ and this Aberlour expression is a nod in the direction of the whisky-makers of old, being bottled at cask strength, with no chill-filtering or addition of water. It is an after-dinner dram for the lover of Sherried malts, as all the casks vatted together for each ‘batch’ formerly contained Sherry, mostly of the Oloroso variety. The most recent batch of A’Bunadh is number 22, and the strength of each has varied, with the initial batch from 2000 being bottled at 59.6%. The whisky carries no age statement.
The nose is rich and full, with very obvious notes of Sherry, plus furniture polish, nutty malt, ripe eating apples and a distinct whiff of smoke. Big-bodied in the mouth, intensely Sherried and fruity, with more apples, nuts and smoke, plus ginger and a hint of cocoa. The finish is long and warming, with honey, spices, some peat and plain chocolate.
59.3% ABV, 70cl, 33.00, specialist whisky merchants.