Aberlour A’bunadh (pronounced ah-boon-uh) is an amazingly sweet scotch, and dare I say, my favorite from Speyside. This particular batch (37) is bottled at cask strength, or 59.6% ABV. It’s non-chill filtered, giving it a full body and great mouth feel. It’s also got a nice amber color from being aged in Spanish Olorsoro Sherry butts. It smells and tastes like toffee, pralines, and dark chocolate. Because of the high alcohol content, its finish is seductively long. I pour myself a double and can easily spend an hour appreciating it.
According to its wikipedia page…
Rumour has it that when the second pair of stills were put in in 1975, a time capsule was discovered behind the name plate, containing an 1898 newspaper about the distillery fire wrapped around an 1898 bottle of Aberlour. The workmen who discovered the bottle polished off four fifths of the bottle during their lunch break, but the remains of the bottle went off to the laboratories in Keith, and were analysed. A’bunadh is an attempt to recreate this single malt.
In any case, I really like it.
Here’s a great clip featuring the Aberlour ambassador talking and tasting A’bunadh