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Aberlour A'bunadh Non Chill-Filtered Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    551 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.


The Aberlour Distillery was founded by James Fleming in 1879 in the heart of Speyside. They glory in being between the junction of the rivers Lour and Spey, the former river providing the water for the whisky. The community itself claims to be 1,400 years old. According to Malt Maniacs the name aberlour translates from the Gaelic as "the mouth of the babbling brook."  The distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers who themselves are owned by the French-based Pernod-Ricard

The a''bunadh is bottled at original cask strength with no "modern" filtering. It's non-chill filtered, which means there may be some cloudiness to the scotch but will not lose any characteristics. Bottle at cask strength, it comes in just a tad under 120 proof, which would almost insist on mixing with a bit of water. 
Muncher (56) (3/23/2014)
Batch 40. ASTRINGENT. Leaves my mouth feeling like I just got done chewing on a tea bag. The hint of dark fruits from the sherry is what's keeping it away from a single star. The 12 was similar to this so I think I'm done with Aberlour unless I come across something on sale at a price I can't refuse.
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Wuli27 (33) (3/10/2014)
One of my favorites! quality varies by batch, but I'm always pleased witht his one.
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NeatPour (154) (9/20/2013)
This was one of the first premium scotches I bought when I started into whisky... And I'll be honest it was to much proof and way to complex for my palate... Similar to wild turkey's rare breed... So I sat on it.... Now I love it. First of all, it's color looks great in a glass. The flavors are deep and complex. If you like cask strength whiskey and you like wine dominate scotch (closest I can compare wine wise is bush mills 16). It's not for beginners but you're ready it'll be waiting for you
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jimmyan1976 (26) (1/21/2013)
released in batch lot series, this has been on top of my favorite single malt whiskies since it's launch several years ago. the warm, gentle and sweet fragrant sherry aromas and the full flavors on your palate.... being non chill filtered and bottled at higher ABV, you can bring out so many different flavors and experiences by adding small amounts of water with it. great whisky.
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Alchemist (51) (2/14/2012)
Decided to revisit the Aberlour A'Bunadh as the latest batch 37 is a real stonker and quite different to earlier batches. This batch is bottled at 59.6%, non chill filtered with no added caramel colouring.

The nose is just as impressive as the batch 35, giving sweet fruit, especially raisins, rich cake and a noticeable whiff of peat. The body is very full bodied arriving bittersweet and creamy then developing hot chilli pepper but not as hot as the batch 35. Also there is no noticeable bitter twist as was evident in the batch 35. The finish is long, sweet and spicy with heat from the pepper dying down slowly. The aftertaste is also very good with noticeably less sulphur than the batch 35.

At full strength it's a powerful beast and it's unfortunate that it's not quite balanced enough to not need added water. Still it's very good.

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scottiesq (2) (04/06/2011)
A favorite!
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alanlheath (7) (1/7/2011)
Batch 32. This whisky is quite the contradiction. The nose is uneventful...mixed spices, sherry.... However the palate (at full strength) is amazing. Beautiful cinnamon, raisins, ginger, with a hint of dark cocoa. Added a little water to get it closer to 40abv and it morphed slightly with an orange rhine nose and sherry. Loved it.
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