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aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Minnesota Malt » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:31 am

Just bought this yesterday. It was on sale for $46 USD. Has anyone had this batch yet and if so, what did you think of it? I'm having my first dram of it now and I can see why its called a sherry bomb! :shock: I do like it, just can't wrap my thoughts and tastes around it yet...
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Chef! » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:43 am

I saw your post and decided I needed to type my notes from my notebook here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12310

I would love to hear if any light bulbs go off in your head as far as relating to what I picked-up from my tasting.

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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby ama » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:58 am

Surdyks?
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Minnesota Malt » Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:55 am

ama wrote:Surdyks?


You got it. You go there as well?
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby ama » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:51 am

Yes, but they were out of the 27. I ended up with the 28.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby dylan793 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:18 pm

Just took the $65.99USD hit for a batch 28, my first experience with a'bunadh. I'm in the same boat as Minnesota Malt as i too cannot yet fully wrap my thoughts and tastes around it yet. That stuff packs a punch too.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Megawatt » Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:00 am

I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed at first with a'bunadh (batch 23). It doesn't have the same complexity of their double-matured malts, but subsequent tastings have revealed some nice richness. I get some cognac-like fruitiness but mostly a thick, buttery peanut brittle flavour, which is interesting. The finish I find a bit rubbery, not unlike The Macallan cask strength (I also noticed this rubbery finish in Highland Park 15).

I know we're not talking about the same batch but surely many of these things overlap from one batch to the next.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Megawatt » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:36 am

I'm wondering if the "rubbery" taste might just be the aftertaste of sherry. I haven't tried any really good sherries but the ones I have tried definitely fell apart at the end, where they became more sour and, well, rubbery, I guess. I did consider sulpher, though. I've heard a lot about sulphered casks but I've never had a whisky where that notion has jumped out at me.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby ClubSmed » Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:40 pm

Is batch 27 not available in the UK as I have not seen any yet?
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby 1Malt » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:03 pm

I bought a bottle of batch #27 on Christmas Eve and also noticed a rubber/sulphury taste. A bit like burned rubber tires. This was my first ever bottle of a'bunadh and yeah, I guess I am a little disappointed in it :(

Prior to that I bought a bottle of Aberlour 16/yo and have almost finished that one, the difference is like daylight and dark, the 16/yo was truly wonderful and one of my favorites so far.

Even adding a fair bit of water and an ice cube isn't really fixing the #27's rubbery bitterness for my tastes, so (horror of horrors!) I'm putting a splash of Laphroig 10/yo into each dram of #27 along with a little water. I figure if I'm gonna drink a burning tire, I want some smoke to go with it :insane:
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby 1Malt » Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:26 am

I'm sure I'll try it again someday, but I'll wait for some more reviews posted around the web on the particular batch# before buying.

Meanwhile, I'm off to explore the islands some more.... just picked up my first Talisker ever this evening, the basic 10 y/o , for tomorrow's New Year's Eve celebration and can hardly wait to try it out. :D
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:46 pm

1Malt wrote:I'm sure I'll try it again someday, but I'll wait for some more reviews posted around the web on the particular batch# before buying.

Meanwhile, I'm off to explore the islands some more.... just picked up my first Talisker ever this evening, the basic 10 y/o , for tomorrow's New Year's Eve celebration and can hardly wait to try it out. :D


And....??
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby biglads » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:26 pm

ClubSmed wrote:Is batch 27 not available in the UK as I have not seen any yet?


There were 3 bottles in my local Waitrose. A batch 25, a 27 and a 28.

If I hadn't just got back from Speyside (and a few trips to the local whisky shops) I'd have had all 3.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby 1Malt » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:47 am

Reggaeblues wrote:
1Malt wrote:Meanwhile, I'm off to explore the islands some more.... just picked up my first Talisker ever this evening, the basic 10 y/o , for tomorrow's New Year's Eve celebration and can hardly wait to try it out. :D


And....??


And it did not last very long. Had to replace it the next weekend with a bottle of Lagavulin 16.

Now my wallet's empty :P

The T10 was most excellent indeed. I'll have to restock my bar with another bottle as soon as I can afford it.
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Re: aberlour a'bunadh batch 27

Postby Tennessee Dave » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:19 pm

Just picked this up today along with a Dalwhinnie 15. Looking forward to trying both of them.
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