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Aberlour a'bunadh (batch 15)

Postby Richiyaado » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:29 pm

My wife and I spent a long weekend in the Twin Cities, and while there we stopped in the bar at the new Guthrie Theater. Behind the bar was this:

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Truly wonderful stuff... at home, I'd already picked up a bottle of batch 16, but have read here and elsewhere that batch 15 really stands out... glad I had the chance to try it!
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Postby Lawrence » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:41 am

It seems that that after the legendary batch 14 there followed....batches 15 & 16! :shock:

In any case the 15 & 16 are receiving rave reviews so a'bunadh fans can relax, the wonderful cask strength sherry monster will live on.
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Postby Marvin » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:57 am

It looks very dark - lots of caramel added perchance?
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Postby Wave » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:08 am

Marvin wrote:It looks very dark - lots of caramel added perchance?


Nope.
Aberlour a'bunadh is a natural single cask strength malt whisky. Taken directly from specially selected sherry casks it is bottled as simply as possible without the use of modern filtering methods or the addition of water.



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Postby Wave » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:11 am

In any case the 15 & 16 are receiving rave reviews so a'bunadh fans can relax, the wonderful cask strength sherry monster will live on.


I've heard about a recent release of a batch #17, so on..... & on & on! :D



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Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:32 am

Actually, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on batches 16 & 17 etc when they arrive in the wastelands. :P

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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:35 am

Mine is batch 12, and I've heard reviews of many others, but this one I have I wonder about. I tasted batch 14, and it made me happy I had one waiting for me at home. Anyone familiar with the batch 12?
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Postby Richiyaado » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:23 am

Adding to Wave's comment with respect to color... it is indeed very dark. According to the distillery, a'bunadh is supposed to harken back to a forthright Victorian style of Scotch... it certainly straightens my backbone whenever I indulge. :)
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Postby Dubois » Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:41 am

Indeed, this batch 15 is a real gem...
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Postby Reggaeblues » Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:15 pm

No complaints on the 16 from me - except that my bottle is almost empty!!

i've tasted and enjoyed batches 13(my introduction -wow!!) 14( ( even better perhaps?) 15, and 16 -this is as good as any IMHO...but then i don't have former bottlings to go back to.

Decided to really analyse it last night, my third and last dram of the evening, whilst enjoying a Michael Schumacher tribute on TV:

Nose: rich sherry and ripe/stewed fruit on a freshly polished oak table: dark chocolate orange and a hint of toasted nuts...

Palate: matches the nose - sherry and ripe fruit with a hint of oak/ a gingerbread/biscuity note, a fleeting peaty moment and orange syrup.

Finish: fire/pepper/ginger/malt/salt/a dark chocolat moment and late apple syrup.

With all of the above, who cares if batch 14 was better?
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:10 am

Sounds great Reggaeblues! Anyone out there tasted the Batch 12? It seems not, can't find notes on it. Thanks!
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:35 am

I've only have had the Batch 15 and found it very very good, actually I think I have some left somewhere I must revisit whats left.
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Postby Bullie » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:11 am

I've tried batch 8, 12, 15, 16 and 17 and I think both no. 8 and 17 stand out. The best part is that both no.16 and 17 goes very well with water compared to the older ones, wich turned into orange lemonade with just a few drops.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:50 am

Bullie wrote:I've tried batch 8, 12, 15, 16 and 17 and I think both no. 8 and 17 stand out. The best part is that both no.16 and 17 goes very well with water compared to the older ones, wich turned into orange lemonade with just a few drops.


So my #12 is nothing to look forward to? Damn! Well, I'll have to give it a try anyway, but not really looking so forward to it now that you say with a few drops of water, it turns to "orange lemonade!" Unless there is the malt to discover too.
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Postby Bullie » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:58 pm

Di Blasi wrote:So my #12 is nothing to look forward to? Damn! Well, I'll have to give it a try anyway, but not really looking so forward to it now that you say with a few drops of water, it turns to "orange lemonade!" Unless there is the malt to discover too.


Nothing to look forward to? Of course it is! ;) Just be careful with the water... But do try it with water.

The no.12 was the first a'Bunadh I tried, and it got me quite hooked on that series.
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Postby jimidrammer » Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:07 pm

I've had batch #'s 8, 11, 12, 13 and the 12 was a good 4 points better as far as scores go. They are all very similar, but the 12 had an extra flavor edge that stood out. Being the first batch I tried, I went back and got another bottle, since so much is made about which is better and the 2nd bottle of the 12 was still better than the other three. I have gotten away from it lately, trying so many others, that I'm kinda behind in the newer batch releases, but I have seen several different batches still around, so I'll get to it. :wink:
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:50 pm

Thanks for the reassurance. I have been adding some water lately to my cask strength whiskies, so it's nice to hear. And maybe I'll get to opening that bottle sooner than planned.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:00 pm

I've tried both batch 1 (contained no batch number) and batch 6. Both very amazingly good, and I bought 3 of each when they came out. Now I have only one of each left.

Batch one was perhaps the better of these two in my opinion.
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Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:16 am

I'm so glad to see all these wonderful reviews of the various batches. In my collection are batches 6 and 8-16. :twisted:
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Silver

Postby Jacques » Sun Oct 29, 2006 1:17 am

Can anyone tell me about the A'bunadh Silver?? is it any good?? I can get a bottle for US$ 60... is it a good price..??
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Re: Silver

Postby Lawrence » Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:53 am

Jacques wrote:Can anyone tell me about the A'bunadh Silver?? is it any good?? I can get a bottle for US$ 60... is it a good price..??
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Jacques, are you refering to the Aberlour A'bunadh with the sterling silver label that is hallmarked and was introduced in 1999 and was bottled at 58.7%?

If this is the bottling you are refering to then you have found a treasure worth well in excess of US$60.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:21 am

If it is the limited bottling Aberlour did for millenum, with sterling silver label, that price is well below what it was sold for originally.

The contents of this bottling, I believe, are same as Abunadh 1st batch.
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Postby The Fachan » Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:22 pm

Aberlour Silver Label is a straight 12yo while the standard is a vatting of around 8-12 years old.
$60 is a absolute steal, the original proce would have been around $100-$120.

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Postby Wave » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:57 pm

The Fachan wrote:Aberlour Silver Label is a straight 12yo while the standard is a vatting of around 8-12 years old.
$60 is a absolute steal, the original proce would have been around $100-$120.


The last time I saw the a'bunadh Silver for sale was at The Whisky Exchange a year or so ago going for over 100.00GBP. I tried to acquire a bottle of it at the Aberlour distillery a couple of years ago and they didn't even have it!

If that's truely thee a'bunadh Silver for $60 a bottle I'd snap up all they have!


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Postby Lawrence » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:06 pm

While at Aberlour this summer the guide said that they distillery had numerous cases of the 1999 bottling without the silver labels and had not yet determined what to do with them. I'm not sure whether to believe it or not. She was quite explicit and confident in what she was saying. Time will reveal if another bottling pops onto the market.
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Postby Jacques » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:28 pm

Wow... thanks for those comments... I will try to get all they have... will keep you all posted of the outcome...
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Again...

Postby Jacques » Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:04 am

Dear Friends.... I am taking care of some shipping difficulties for the Silver... but Indeed I am buying it...
On the other hand, I need an advise from all of you... I have in hand the possibility to purchase the A'bunadh in the following casks... the 12, 13, 15 and 16... at very good prices.... can you please advise on what to buy frist an so on.... I know I will not get them all...batch No. 12 is the most expensive being $59.99 and the least expensive # 13 at $42.99...
Thanks once again for this great forum.....
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:13 am

Sounds like a good deal Jaques, by the way did you happen to phone British Columbia today making inquiries about Aberlour A'bunadh Silver Label?
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batch No 12 and 13

Postby Jacques » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:28 pm

Dear friends... can anyone comment on the Batches 12 and 13...
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Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:34 pm

Batch13 was my introduction to a'bunadh via a neighbour...It inspired me to go buy a bottle, which tells you how much I enjoyed my single(generous) glass. By then they were onto Batch 14( supposedly better according to JM.

So I couldn't really compare the two, but 13 is no shabby dram...
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Postby Wave » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:21 pm

As I remember batch #12 was quite good, though I don't remember any bad batches since my 1st taste of the a'bunadh batch #6. :wink:


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