Aberlour A’Bundah #39 (OB)

Sherry Dynamite

Who says Aberlour says A’Bundah, Gaelic for ‘Back to the origin’, a series of cask strength, un-chillfiltered Oloroso sherry bombs with a regular release of milestone batches (58 thus far). Giving the whisky nerds food for conversation, cause which one was the ultimate batch again? Was it the #7 or rather the # 13? Which one was the worst? Was it #40?

Today I’ll take a shot at Batch #39, a release from 2012.

abundahDescription: a NAS release of A’Bundah by Aberour, batch 39, bottled in 2012 at a strength of 59.8ABV.

Nose: we are deep in sherry bomb territory with a rich nose of dark red wine, raisins and wood polish. A nice addition of syrup coated dates, chocolate scrapings, and chestnuts. Notes of pine resin and menthe polish off the rougher edges.

Mouth: while the nose gives you the impression of a full body with a syrupy texture, it is actually just medium bodied. But it provides an explosion of flavour on the palate: a powerful, rich and spicy concoction of prune, cinnamon and bitter orange peel.

Finish: medium long, essentially just cardamom and black pepper.

The Verdict: it is a classic that just never disappoints, it’s A’Bundah, a label that guarantees success. Aberlour’s finest, don’t even think about it, just buy.

Score: 87

Nose: 22

Taste: 23
Finish: 20 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house