Dubois wrote:Difficult one!
For me as well... In fact, too close to name a winner.
The Macallan scores points for its surging fragrance and sheer verve, while the Aberlour a'bunadh takes the cake when it comes to finely nuanced characteristics and an overall sense of balance. I generally find that the Macallan really needs a drop or two of water to begin to smooth out and sing in the glass. With the a'buandh, in contrast, I can often happily sip it at full strength.
In short, Macallan CS for its character, Aberlour a'bunadh for its stylishness and complexity, and both for their quality.