Such a reliable sherrybomb, the Aberlour A’bunadh. Here’s batch 47, which is still my favourite A’bunadh till date. I killed it a long time ago but managed to get me another bottle, time to revisit:
Apricot pie, drying wood, summer fruits, vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, candy cane and a touch of citrus.
Dry, woody, vanilla, red fruits, warming spices, dried apricots, cherry jam and orchard fruits.
Drying wood, yellow fruits, blueberries, more apricot pie, yellow soaked raisins and vanilla. An aftertaste of cinnamon and orange zest.
In my memory it was darker, more sherry-heavy, but in a cabinet that is now packed with other sherrybombs it’s the details that stick out. And in this case: it’s the drying wood, cinnamon and apricots who define this dram. Lovely, still! It’s still on top when tasting 47, 53 and 61 side by side. But the difference between 47 and 53 is smaller than I thought it was. A good reminder that you can’t always fully depend on your memory when it comes to comparing the old versus the new.