Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 53

Bought: Waitrose, 25th February 2016

Ratings:
95/100 – Whisky Bible 2017 (“a truly beautiful whisky” – Jim Murray)
87.13/100 – Whiskybase (average from 32 member votes)

The iconic Aberlour sherry-bomb does it again with another fantastic batch. After 52 previous batches the staff at Aberlour distillery obviously know what the formula is to keep delivering a quality product. The members of Whiskybase clearly agree because over 87/100 is a fantastic score. Here are the side-by-side scores comparing batch 53 with the previous 3 batches:

  • 87.13/100 – Batch 53 (32 votes)
  • 87.9/100 – Batch 52 (41 votes)
  • 85.72/100 – Batch 51 (38 votes)
  • 86.23/100 – Batch 50 (104 votes)

Comments about the taste of batch 53 include “orange, chocolate and lots of peppery zing”, “apple, cranberry, toffee, peach and incense” and “sweet, creamy, cherry, fruity (melon), honey” with several reviewers saying how complex this batch is with lovely chocolate notes. Summaries include “robust, heavy, very present and takes charge of your senses”, “very nice whisky” and “a great batch from Aberlour and really great value for money”.

Make mine a double!

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 53 70cl

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3 responses to “Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 53

  1. What fun to compare the different batches! We just compared batch #35 with #46. For me the #35 won out! Have yet to try even one from above #46. 🙂

    • I’d certainly like to try one of the early batches but they tend to command quite a price at auction. Hardly surprising really since it’s such a fantastic dram. But standards do seem to be staying high. Jim Murray was absolutely blown away by #50, which he scored 95.5/100, one of the highest marks I’ve seen him give a batch. He gave #35 90/100 but he usually rates the A’bunadh very highly. How could he not?!

      • I’ve had quite a few in the 20s – really enjoyed them. Wasn’t so impressed with the early 30s but #35 definitely stood out. (And that’s without knowing anything about Jim Murray’s opinion til you mentioned!)

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