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The Aberlour A?bunadh is an unusual Scotch whisky. While it carries no age statement, each bottle carries a unique batch number. It is released in limited-run batches ranging from one to as many as five per year, with the first batch released in 1997. The whisky is a blend from barrels ranging from five to 25 years in age, and is bottled at cask strength, which historically has averaged between 59% ABV and 61% ABV. The whisky is not chill filtered, nor is any colouring added to it. A?bunadh is exclusively matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry butts, a rarity it shares with only a handful of Scotch whiskies, including The Macallan. The term A?bunadh is Scotch Gaelic, and means ?of the origins.? In 1975, during the installation of two new stills, workmen discovered a time capsule that contained a bottle of Aberlour with a newspaper from 1898 wrapped around it. A?bunadh is an attempt to re-create the style of Aberlour whisky from that period. It has distinctive fruity aroma, more cooked than dried, featuring peach, apricot, prune and especially golden raisins, as well as a hint of cherry. There are also notes of candied orange zest and bittersweet marmalade as well as sweet spice aromas of nutmeg followed by hints of vanilla. On the palate, the whisky has an overwhelming sherry note. There is a soft, oily creamy texture with the pronounced weight and mouth feel that would be expected from the combination of high alcohol and sherry sweetness. The palate is dominated by dried fruit tastes of apricot, peach, and raisin, with hints of fig and apple. The finish is long and complex, featuring a succession of dried fruit notes followed by creamy caramel with hints of pepper and spices in the background.

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