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A'bunadh #17

Postby TDW » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:18 pm

Greetings to all,
Any reports or comments yet?
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Postby jimidrammer » Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:51 pm

Just that I'm 4 batches behind. :( :roll: :wink:
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Postby Ganga » Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:35 pm

Still waiting.... (Cue the Jeopardy music)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:22 am

Batch #16 only just appeared here. However, I also ran across a stray Batch #8 just last week, and was quite surprised that they were so very similar I don't know that many could tell them apart. Since it's very good, I don't find its consistency a fault. :D
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Postby TDW » Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:15 am

The local distributor had #14 and I bought 2 of those. The next batch they recieved was #16 (I'm currently working on that one :D) . Then last week (after much nagging by me) they recieved #17. The #14 was outstanding (and I have a bottle of that in reserve) and if the #17 is as good or better, I'd like to pick up a reserve bottle while they still have it.
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:33 pm

The local distributor had #14 and I bought 2 of those


Good for you, the bach #14 is stuff of legend (in my mind), I think it's unique in the line up. I have 13 bottles. :D
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batch 14

Postby The Fachan » Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:45 pm

Folks

I have heard so much about the magical A'bunadh batch14, please someone tell me why it is so different?
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Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:55 pm

'cos Jim Murray sez so. Ooops! i didn't say that!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:59 pm

The batch 17 is a pretty new one isn't it - so it takes a while before it reaches the acclaimed standard of the 14' .
I've heard good things about the 17 though.
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Re: batch 14

Postby Lawrence » Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:01 am

The Fachan wrote:Folks

I have heard so much about the magical A'bunadh batch14, please someone tell me why it is so different?


It's the balance of the sherry and the malt with some earthy & woody back notes. All in all I find it well balanced and better than some previous batches (which were still very good). My first mouthful made me pause and stare at the glass for a while, it was that good. I've been one of the people banging the drum about this batch here on the forum and I'm glad I've stocked up.
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Postby Andrew_Toronto » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:37 pm

ive had a 14 for a while..its fantastic...so fruity...so unbelievably tangy! half empty!

i had a choice between the 14 and 15...i grabbed the 14 last year...there still a few 14s around...what is the diference bettween the 14 and 15?

shoudl i get another 14 becasue the new ones are different??
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Postby Scotchio » Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:11 pm

what is the diference bettween the 14 and 15?

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1 I guess
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Postby Wave » Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:11 pm

shoudl i get another 14 becasue the new ones are different??


I've been drinking A'bunadh's since batch #6 and there's just slight differences between each batch to the point that it doesn't really matter which batch you get, they're all good! 8)


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Postby les taylor » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:00 am

On batch 16 here not seen any 17's although on the Aberlour website they are still selling Batch 16. So will wait for the appearance of the 17.

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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:32 am

I bought a bottle of #17 today so it is definitely "out there" ;)
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Postby ardbug » Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:24 am

The batch 12 , 14, and 16 that ive tried are all consistant and sublime, always has a place in my cabinet. Ive got a reserve 12 and 14 in my stock.

The 17 has only just arrived on Australian shores and i,ve yet to sample it although one well know australian whisky identity said to me he though it had more bourbon wood than previous batches , but was still a great dram ? any comments for the ones who have tasted it ?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:21 am

a'bunadh is not only all sherry, it's single cask. From the Aberlour webiste:

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.

http://www.aberlour.com/abunadh/

Actually, now that I look at it, that phrase "natural single cask strength malt whisky" is a bit ambiguous. And if it is single-cask, then most of batch 14 must be in the hands of members here! But anyway, it's all sherry.
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Postby ardbug » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:30 am

If the term single cask is ambiguous could the note of "taken from specially selected sherry casks and bottled as simply as possible". be slightly ambigous also, as it dosn't state 100% sherry casks?

Hey i'm not sure as i've not tasted the 17, and the other batches have been sherry monsters.

Has any one who has tasted it , detected some bourbon traits ?

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Postby Lawrence » Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:35 am

Aberlour a'bunadh is cask strength not single cask, it is also made without chill filtration or added caramel and as Mr. T states the casks used are ALL oloroso and no bourbon is used.

A batch run of a'bunadh is made up from 80 to 100 casks of various ages, hence the 'batch' in the name. The men who make up the batches actually like some variation from batch to batch so that the average punter can taste the difference, they do not want the batches to be identical.

It's really good whisky and I look forward to trying 16 & 17 soon.
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Postby ardbug » Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:42 am

Thats great info Lawrence,

the well know guy I know must have just picked up some vanilla with fruit in the mix of the 17 and assumed bourbon wood.

Now i want a bottle to just compare to the other batches i have. We had the 16 at a recent club meeting and it was a stand out as usual

I love the fruits/ sherry, christmas pudding and cookie dough. Great body, great after a fine meal, hey Christmas day would be a fine bet.

Great value for money here too ( bang for your buck).

Cheers Ardbug
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Postby Admiral » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:49 am

Sorry lads, I can't go past Batch # 6....so wonderfully rich!

Whilst the subsequent batches have all been good, and yes, they are reasonably consistent, my own palate leads me to believe that the casks that went into Batch #6 were possibly just a few years older than the subsequent releases.

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