Regardless of Age, Cask Strength Malts are a Favorite

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Our tasting group finds cask strengths, generally, to be a more satisfying tasting experience for one simple reason; the power of the malt can be determined by the consumer, not by the distiller. Aberlour’s A’bunadh is a great example. This sherried-Speyside malt is bottled at 59.6% abv and packs a punch. Despite the proof, this expression is well balanced, smooth, and not the least bit overbearing, in my view.

I don’t usually add any water to this dram. On the front end, baking spices and orange notes dominate along with hints of raisin. On the back end, nutmeg, allspice, orange, and dark chocolate dominate. This a full-bodied single malt with a long warming cinnamon-like finish. If you find, the high proof a bit off-putting or you’re in the mood for a lighter dram, add a few drops of water and find the sweet spot that suits your palate. That’s the real beauty of a cask strength single malt – you make the choice!

A more detailed description can be found in out Tasting Notes.

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