Color: Burnt umber
Nose: Strong sherry with dried fruits (raisins) and a peppery spiciness on top of the sweetness. Cinnamon and oranges.
Taste: The sweetness dominates at first, dark fruits (ripe cherries) with dark chocolate. Creamy in the mouth. Then hints of wood and a burning spiciness coming, perhaps, from the 60.9% alcohol content. Still pleasant and well-rounded though, even without water.
Finish: Medium length finish, still mostly sweet. The spicy notes dissipate quickly, leaving a pleasant dry sherry taste mixed with oak.
Comments: Dark and strong whisky. Sherry bomb with a punch and very fairly priced at EUR 50-60 as of this writing.
P.S.: After adding a drop or two of water, the A'bunadh became even more creamy for me, mostly on stronger caramel and fruity cherry aromas.
Rating: I rated this whisky 88 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 23, Finish 21, Balance 21)