So with all the talk of Quarter Cask and A’bunadh convincing so many staunch anti-NAS fanatics I felt like I ought to give this at least a try! Had this dram in the lovely Albanch bar on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Abelour A’bunadh – Batch 47. 60.7% Abv
Nose: ripe fruits, strong alcohol presence, raisins, candyshop sweetness, light honey comb.
Palate: Bright open with wood spice, warm, sweet sherry, demerara sugar, hints of marshmallow (Maeve’s input).
Finish: Sharp lingering spice, wood spice, sweetness, marshmallow again. Medium length.
For a oloroso sherry casking I was pleasantly surprised that the taste wasn’t overpowering. Maybe in my mind the story behind A’bunadh was hyped up quite a bit but my opinions are I’d have it again, probably wouldn’t buy a bottle of it though myself.