Batch 63 in Aberlour’s much loved A’Bunadh series.
A’Bunadh translates as “the original” and the story goes that it is based upon a bottle found in a time capsule discovered at the distillery when a second pair of stills were installed. The whisky was wrapped in a newspaper from 1898, which detailed a fire at the distillery. Although the builders drank the majority of the bottle, a little spirit was reserved which was analysed and recreated in A’Bunadh!
A’Bunadh is more of an interpretation than a direct reconstruction of this original bottling, and each batch is different from the next – number 63 is one of the stronger iterations, weighing in at a heavy cask strength of 61% ABV.
One thing all the batches share is that they have been matured in Oloroso sherry butts, developing tremendous depth and complexity.
This bottling serves up notes of sherried dried fruits, dark chocolate, cinnamon and chilli heat, toffee’d malt, earthy spice, vanilla, Christmas cake, a little menthol brightness, white pepper, figs and caramel.
As ever with this series, the bottling is non chill filtered, allowing the dram’s natural texture and flavour to take hold.
A superb sherry bomb.