Aberlour A’bunadh Alba Scotch Whiskey
The Speyside distillery is primarily known for its affinity for Sherry cask maturation and the cask strength Aberlour Aâ€™bunadh, originally released in the 1990s, distinctly demonstrates these Sherry forward attributes. Quickly gaining a worldwide cult-like following that has continued for more than 60 batches produced over twenty years, the introduction of Aberlour Aâ€™bunadh Alba marks the first time Aberlour has released a formal line extension within the Aâ€™bunadh franchise.
As the sibling to a renowned Scotch, Aberlour Aâ€™bunadh Alba delivers many of the same distinct features associated with its precursor: cask strength, non-chill filtered, and non-age statement. However, instead of darker, velvety flavors synonymous with Sherry cask maturation, Aâ€™bunadh Alba is a complex mix of sweet baked apples notes alongside crisp citrus flavors imparted from the first-fill American oak Bourbon barrels it is matured in.
The name itself â€“ Aâ€™bunadh Alba â€“ also serves a double meaning and explanation for the new liquid: In Gaelic, Aâ€™bunadh means â€œof the originâ€ and Alba means â€œScotlandâ€ but also refers to â€˜Quercus Alba,â€™ a species of white oak used for maturation. Aberlourâ€™s award-winning Master Distiller Graeme Cruickshank says, â€œAlba is the perfect counter-point to the classic Aâ€™bunadh, while still offering those familiar sweet, fruity notes which are rooted in the new spiritâ€™s DNA.â€ He continues, â€œthere are, however, stark differences in color and body, which should intrigue Aâ€™bunadh devotees and welcome new drinkers to the concept we lovingly know as â€˜the original.â€™â€
Andrew Weir, Aberlour US Brand Leader believes the expansion of the Aâ€™bunadh franchise is the perfect way to remind people why this storied distillery has garnered such a cult following around the globe. Weir says, â€œWhile Aâ€™bunadh Alba departs from Aberlourâ€™s signature Sherry-forward profile, it still delivers the depth and elegance that has become synonymous with our whiskies. After over 20 years of Aâ€™bunadh, itâ€™s an exciting time to bring an innovative expression to the Aâ€™bunadh and Aberlour family of award-winning whiskies.â€
Aberlour Aâ€™bunadh Alba is a non-chill filtered, non-age statement, cask strength Scotch that is a permanent part of the award-winning whisky portfolio.