Aberlour A'bunadh

Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

4.75 out of 5 stars
Nose: Incredible oloroso fragrance jumps out immediately with dark chocolate and cherries. Delicate spices follow, ginger, white pepper and cinnamon with dried fruits, raisins and apricots. A brief reminder of flaky pastry with prune marmalade. A wood note lingers in the back, reminding slightly of a bourbon cask finish which is interesting because it is only finished in Oloroso casks. Adding water absolutely opens it, making the sherry influence much more apparent, bananas and mango jump out with macadamia nut and white pepper. Palate: Red fruit sweetness as soon as you taste it, the cherries and red apple are first to appear followed by light milk chocolate. Ginger and cinnamon are much stronger at the back of the tongue. Adding water brings out the tropical notes in the taste as well, a burst of banana, mangos, mandarins and a slight coconut note. Unlike the nose, water causes more and more oak to appear in the taste. Finish: Neverending, ever changing, the finish holds the sherry influence until the end, with cherry, ginger and cinnamon.