Speyside – 59.5%ABV – cask strength – 750ml bottle – $52 | £60 | €70 (pricing shown in £ & € are for batch 19, I could not find a source for batch #21)
I’ve often wondered how the carnival side show people were able to do the things they could (E.G. bang a nail into their face, swallow a sword or eat fire). In the case of the A’Bunadh I would say that a fire eater would have no problems drinking this stuff.
Before I got forward, let me tell you, this is a positive review! The burn-i-ness is all part of the experience.
Initial whiff — Pure sherry wine, wow! HUGE. Some chocolate notes, bits of candied orange, maybe sharper than orange, lemons? Fresh tobacco.
On the mouth — OUCH! This stuff is hotter than a $3 pistol. I love the quote from Dr. Whisky — “Not unlike drinking a brick”, the sherry is immense. Cinnamon spice, big waxy mouth feel, very tongue coating stuff. Some of the biggest sherry I’ve ever had. A bit winey and now, the burning fire is back. This is some strong stuff.
Finish — The burn goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on… Wait, some bay leafy finish and now, some oak.
In sum — I’m not one usually one for an over sherried drop but this one, in the right mood is just top notch. Very sherry-grapey, dried fruits, waxy on the tongue, cinnamon, (maybe nutmeg) and napalm.