Aberlour A'BUNADH ALBA Batch 01 Cask Strength Scotch, Whiskey Advocate 2019 #5
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IMPORTANT: This is Whiskey Advocate 2019 #5 Whiskey from the Top 100!!! There is ONLY Batch 01, which is the award WINNER; if you want the one that won WA 2019 #5, you must get Batch 01.
All Aberlour single malts are made with the best local barley and soft water ingredients from the nearby mountain, Ben Rinnes. Their expertly crafted new spirit is usually matured for a minimum of 12 years, both in the finest hand-picked Oloroso Sherry butts and American Oak barrels. It's this double cask maturation that subtly brings together the characteristics of each cask to create a vibrant and rewardingly complex range of single malts.
93 Points & #5 Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 - Whisky Advocate:
"The yin to Aberlour A’bunadh’s yang, this cask-strength single malt is matured entirely in bourbon casks rather than sherry. The result is a bracingly pure whisky with deceptive simplicity; its flavors are clean and its structure precise, but it’s far from boring. The nose recalls black-and-white cookies, vanilla-frosted yellow cake, and shortbread with caramel topping, along with honeysuckle, jasmine, and coconut cream. Mouth-coating and full, it has flavors of poached pear, malt balls, nougat, lemon curd, toasted coconut, and hints of spice. Vanilla, chocolate, and nut flavors are almost endless on the finish. Add water, or don’t: this is delicious either way." — Susannah Skiver Barton