Scotch - Single Malt

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

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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94th Percentile
This score falls in the 94th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
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  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2009

Proof66 Notes

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.

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.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 7 ratings and 6 reviews.
Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-03-29)
Batch 40. Changed my mind on this one.....again. It's amazing how this bottle is dramatically improving with age. It has a dusty, musty (in a good way), fruity nose. On the palate I still get raisins, chocolate, apples, cinnamon, and oak. Some fruity sweetness, oak, and spice linger on the finish. I didn't think it was possible but this bottle has improved to the point that I might just purchase another one.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2014-05-08)
4.3/5; batch 41 was a little rough around the edges (very rough) but wasn't lacking in flavor and character. I've heard other batches are better. This isn't for whiskey beginners
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (44) (2014-03-10)
One of my favorites! quality varies by batch, but I'm always pleased witht his one.
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jimmyan1976 jimmyan1976 (26) (2013-01-21)
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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scottiesq scottiesq (2) (2011-04-06)
A favorite!
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alanlheath alanlheath (7) (2011-01-07)
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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