Non age statement
When most people think about luxury and scotch they imagine that you are drinking an 18 year or older scotch. Those people have never had Aberlour A’bunadh. With a nose and taste so powerful you have no choice but stop everything else you are doing and enjoy this non age statement (NAS) elixir.
Color: Super Dark Red, AKA Apocalyptic sunset.
Nose: Fruity, I smell sweet marmalade and jams, with figs, raisins and apricots. I’m sure the safe answer to say here is fruit cake.
This Speyside scotch is made from 100% Oloroso casks giving it the obvious sweet sherry scent. However, what you may not know is that this is a SHERRY BOMB! Primed to explode, Batch 49 has one of the biggest noses of any scotch I have had to date. The fruity and sherry lead is only the beginning.
Scents of allspice and new wood flood the senses along with the full, thick support of dried tea leaves and tobacco.
Palate: This finally explodes on the taste-buds, toffee, nutmeg and allspice take second only to the strong sherry flavor of 100% Sherry Cask strength scotch. If you hold this whisky on your tongue for a moment it feels as though it is melting in your mouth.
Finish: Sweet cream and spice give way to an oaky and licorice finale. Surprisingly mellow for a cask strength whisky.
Is this a complex scotch? Absolutely not. It has no peat, smoke, cereal, or sulphuric notes. However, there is one thing that this scotch does better than any other I have tried. It is the epitome of a sherry bomb. At 60.1%ABV it will be strongest alcohol in your lineup that you want to drink straight.
My suggestion is that you add a little bit of water. For me, it added the scent of stewed apples to the nose, lowered the abv and made the flavors a little easier to identify.
Score – 92/100 (55 = wtf, 65 = ugh, 75 = OK, 85 = good, 95 = GREAT!)
Value – 3/5 (1 = avoid, 2 = overpriced, 3 = on target, 4 = underpriced, 5 = clear the shelves)
About the Distillery from Wikipedia:
James Fleming, son of a local tenant farmer built Aberlour Distillery in 1879 after having worked at Dailuiane, Carron for ten years. Producing whisky from 1880 onwards until his death at the age of 65 in 1895. Fleming is buried opposite the distillery in the village cemetery. Robert Thorne & Sons bought the distillery and ran it until 1921. In 1921, Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd sold the distillery to W. H. Holt & Sons, a brewery near Manchester. In 1945 S. Campbell & Sons Ltd bought the distillery. In 1975 Pernod Ricard acquired Campbell Distilleries, and they joined with Chivas Brothers in 2001 forming a portfolio of 14 single malt distilleries and 1 grain distillery in Scotland, and 2 gin distilleries in England. In 2002, a new, modernized visitor centre was opened.
Omar “Grant” Garza
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Never drunk, sometimes overserved 😉