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Aberlour A'Bunadh (Batch #50), 59.6%

Price: $80 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Very sweet, with thick hard toffee, stewing dates and figs, molasses, and rum raisin ice cream, before some dark chocolate, dried mint, and orange peel. The palate is a different beast. It ignites on the tongue with a burst of dried pepper flakes, beneath which are cocktail bitters: gentian calamus. It begs for water, when out comes black currant jam (very Aberlour) and a little malt. Now it's calm and hugely drinkable, and therefore even more dangerous.