Cask strength whiskies have a certain appeal – that full blown mouthfeel & explosion of taste – but should come with a bit of a warning that perhaps plays the old Electric Six classic ‘Danger! High Voltage’ as you pop the cork!
At 61.2% this Oloroso matured monster of a single malt certainly packs a punch.
It’s one of those whiskies that hit the back of my throat & numbed my tongue with the high alcoholic strength before subduing to deliver some of it’s rich dry sherry notes.
With water I found it a rather muted sherry bomb of a dram which lacked the shine of the collective high praise this bottle attracts.
When I can enjoy other cask strength offerings neat which deliver their rich flavours without the burn –
like Corsair Triple Smoke at 62.7%
and Octomore 10yo 2nd Edition at 57.3%
being two that spring to mind – then I’m afraid when I find one that needs water – I’ll mark it down.
Neat I found the A’Bunadh rather raw.
With water I found it a bit bland.
When it comes to whiskey reviews – Don’t Believe The Hype!
Find out what you like for yourself & stick to it.
I think I got sucked in by all the hype on this one & left feeling disappointed.