Aberlour Abunadh Meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, A’bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming. A’bunadh is a whisky hand-made from start to finish, with each batch being created to ensure a rich and complex flavor of moist raisins and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, sherried whisky.
Aberlour Abunadh In the Bottle
the heavy glass bottle and the display box, have a couple of quibbles with respect to the presentation of the Aberlour Abunadh which prevents a perfect score. The first quibble is with respect to the statement on the label which reads Formula Original de Cuba.
This statement leads many people to believe that this is an authentic Cuban rum produced in Cuba. In fact, Aberlour Abunadh has had many fruitless arguments with persons who point to that statement as proof of that particular point of view. Although the back label explains that the rum is now crafted in the Dominican Republic, Aberlour Abunadh is apparent that many people never read the back label.
The second quibble is the symbol above and below the main label proudly proclaiming Solera 23 Blender. Again many people confuse this statement as meaning the rum is a 23-year-old spirit with the youngest rum in the blend being 23 years. The truth is the age of the youngest rum in the blend. even have a clear idea of whether any rum in the bottle approaches anything close to 23 years.
Aberlour Abunadh In the Glass
When pouring a bit of the rum into Glencairn glass, the first thing notice is the rich bronze color of the spirit. The color is quite a bit darker than the Gran Reserva 18 which had more of an amber color. When tilting the glass and giving it a slow swirl, the spirit is medium-bodied, and the crest which has formed drops thick leglets travel slowly down the inside of the glass. The initial aroma carries a nice mixed aroma of brown sugar, baking spices, oak, and vanilla.
the glass breathe and soon noticed hints of dark fruit (figs and raisins), banana, peaches, marmalade, and canned apricots. The oak seems to grow in the glass and is complemented by caramel and maple toffee, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, rich tobacco, and roasted walnuts.
Aberlour Abunadh Flavour
The rum demonstrates a nicely melded flavor of dark caramel (treacle), vanilla, and oak spice which gives us a spicy, but smooth delivery. Baking spices ( nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon) separate from the oak spices with hints of burlap and leather, fresh toast, baked banana, and coconut, touches marmalade, and a lovely underlying flavor of toasted pecans. added a dab of ice and noticed chocolate flavors beginning to ooze out of the rum, dark bittersweet chocolate that just seems to melt in your mouth.
the Aberlour Abunadh was the type of rum that you could sit comfortably in an old leather chair and just sip on it as you enjoy your evening, the Aberlour Abunadh Blender is even more so.
The ending is perhaps just a touch bitter with the flavors of bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and roasted pecans dominating the sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel. Baking spices, nutmeg, and cloves (with just a hint of cinnamon) rest on the palate after the swallow.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!