Malt Whisky of the Month – February 2011
Aberlour A’bunadh, Batch 31, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 60.5% Alc/vol. 70cl.
The meaning of A’bunadh is from the Gaelic for ” of the origin ” and this dram is exclusively matured in Oloroso sherry butts and is always at cask-strength.
telephone 01340 881249
Owners, Chivas Brothers Ltd ( Pernod Ricard )
This grand old Distillery sits in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s premier Whisky-making region, world known for subtle tasting single malts.
Aberlour Distillery sits at the junction of the river Lour and the river Spey, nestled in a small and beautiful glen, surrounded by many mountains and Ben Rinnes is but a short distance from the gates of Aberlour. James Fleming founded the Aberlour Distillery in 1879. The design of the buildings and most of the machinery was done and by James himself, but in 1898 many of the distillery buildings and a lot of the stock was destroyed by a fire.
After the re-building and over the past 100 years or so the make up of the distillery as changed, but, many of the original features still remain and the traditions and character of this old distillery are still there to see.
If you check out the Whisky Boys, Back to School – Week 3 you can see that one of the drams we were given to taste was indeed the A’bunadh and this one is sure to be on our list for a wee official tasting. This fine, dram is not quite available in all your local supermarkets but it can be found in your specialist shop or indeed on-line at Master of Malt for £36.45, and as always tell them that the Whisky Boys sent you.
So please take little time and visit Aberlour website for all the history and details of there on-line shop and visitor centre.
p.s. A BIG THANKS to Jim Farrelly (a fellow student on the Whisky Trail 2011) who has kindly given the Whisky Boys a bottle of Aberlour A’bunadh for our next tasting.