Aberlour Abunadh Alba

Aberlour Abunadh Alba

(0.75l, 57.1%)


8.5/10
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$83.99
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Arberlour Abunadh Alba is a sister dram to their popular Abunadh Single Malt aged in American white oak.

There is some question about the exact date of its founding. But we know for certain that James Fleming either built or rebuilt the Aberlour Distillery in 1879. We also know that Aberlour makes an amazing range of Highland Single Malts in the classic Speyside style and we’d gladly sample ANYTHING that they send our way. And their Whiskies win lots of awards, taking home medals in every serious industry competition they enter.

Aberlour Abunadh Alba is a followup NAS Single Malt to the Aberlour Abunadh release of a few years ago. But where the “first” Abunadh was aged in ex-Sherry casks, Aberlour Abunadh Alba is aged in American White Oak. This makes a huge difference in the character of the Spirit and lets this dram reflect the Highland style better than most of their others. That means more fruit-forward with distinct apple notes that will make your mouth water. And — as you would expect — this golden dram is bottled at a cask strength of 57.1% ABV with no chill-filtering and zero added naughtiness.

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In Scot’s Gaelic, “Abunadh” means “origin or original.” In Latin, the word “Alba” means “white.” But in Gaelic it refers to Scotland as a whole. That makes Aberlour Abunadh Alba a clever play on words with multiple combinations of meaning.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    57.1%
  • Distillery
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    American white oak barrels

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pepper
spicy
green apple
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citrus zest
pear
cinnamon
vanilla
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden Grain

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is rich with autumnal fruits — tons of apple and pear — along with vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, and orange blossom honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is bright and youthful with a native sweetness and a spicy peppery bite building to citrus notes.

Finish
The finish is long with a lingering sweet pepper burn.
Ratings & Reviews
Gladstone
Gladstone,
This is a scotch that for me unfolds after the initial sip. Holding it on the tongue brings notes of fruit. Breathe deeply through the nose after swallowing and I got pear and vanilla. Wonderfully smooth. An easy sipper.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Very spicy dram. Smooth, woodsy with a lovely sweet, soft fruitiness on the finish. Long lasting spice and pepper throughout. Intense and direct.
 
Mitch
Mitch,
Gross young whisky - harsh and flavorless. Buy the other one
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Pretty good, the peppery/fruity bites were prominent for me, would buy again
 
Seth
Seth,
Truly exceptional cask strength malt. I got a bottle of batch 64. At just under 120 proof it is surprising smooth. A little water opens it up to a beautifully drinkable dram. The sherry really comes through but well balanced with the oak and dark fruit and chocolate notes
 
Heath
Heath,
Normally I am a bourbon drinker but I was looking to expand my horizon and try a good scotch. This had a lot of layers to it and a good mouth feel but was too too much oak flavor for me. Since the Alba is oak barrel aged this should be expected, I think I would try the regular Abunadh next since it is port barrel aged. Everything else was just right. Batch #1, at 128 proof.
Richard
Richard,
Sounds lovely. FYI, all whisky is aged in oak barrels, as is bourbon. Port barrels are also made from oak. The regular Abunadh is aged in sherry casks (also oak). Cheers!
Heath
Heath,
You are correct sir - I had been drinking :)
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