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Speyside Heaven

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Which Speyside Cask Strength Do You Prefer?

Glenfarclas 105
Glenlivet Nadurra
Aberlour A'bunadh
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Speyside Heaven

Postby Onefortheditch » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:06 pm

I can't choose - they're all great!

But you have to!! :wink:
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby jimidrammer » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:05 pm

I voted Nadurra. The Glenfarclas is very hot to me without lots of water which kind of defeats the purpose. A'bunadh can have an inconsistent sulpher note. The Nadurra has been a refreshing spearmint breeze that takes Glenlivet to a whole new level.
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:32 pm

I've had many a'bunadh, several Nadurra, and a few 105. Give me the a'bunadh. I prefer the marzipan, caramel, oranges of the a'bunadh to the tropical fruits of Nadurra. Other than the very first batches of 105, it just doesn't compare in quality for me.
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:47 pm

I went for the Nadurra, although I've to admit, that I'm a great fan of the 105 as well ánd the a'bunadh!
But, yes, the Nadurra, well is..... :P

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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:44 pm

This is really difficult. I can say that I would reach for the Abunadh before the 105 if I was only going to pour one, but then the 105 is a good session dram. I think Ganga is right though the Abunadh is the better of the sherried drams. So that leaves the Nadurra vs the Abunadh. Two different styles that I would go for according to mood. I couldn't say that I like one more than another but I think on balance I might reach for the Glenlivet a little more often than the Aberlour. Nadurra it is then.
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby SoMK » Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:34 pm

Super difficult.. I like the Nadurra a lot, it's an easy going and always good dram. 105 never did it for me even if I'm totally big on sherry but it always seemed very 2 dimensional, don't know why... maybe I didn't drink enough of it ;)
I voted A'bunadh because of its versatility (water or not water ?) and all the different batches that I have fun to compare :)
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:58 pm

For me it was Nadurra just a ahead of a'bunadh.

Two reasons.
I can find some great sherried whisky's other than a'bunadh relatively easily to have as a substitute. But the profile of the Nadurra is to me more unique, in the best possible way, and I would reach for this bottle more often. Hang on did that end up being three reasons?

I would always like to have a bottle of both of these at home. Two of the best whisky I've had.
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby SoMK » Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:19 pm

I think I have a bottle somewhere...*damn you dramtastic... :p*
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:42 am

dramtastic wrote:For me it was Nàdurra just a ahead of a'bunadh.

For me as well.

The palate penetration and sheer clarity of flavour presentation of the Nàdurra are beautiful to behold... Quite simply, Glenlivet unleashed!
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby Wave » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:24 pm

Nàdurra is very good but the a'bunadh is my cup of tea. I had the 'Farclas 105 several years ago and it was pretty good, a recent bottle of it while in Scotland this year however was sadly sub par.

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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby Megawatt » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:42 am

I haven't tried that Glenfarclas so the vote was between Aberlour and The Glenlivet. I find the a'bunadh a little too heavy on the sherry so I went with Nadurra.
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby MARS » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:45 pm

Voted A'bunadh. But it's only because the macallan 10 years cask stregnht is missing! (it would be nice if glendronach give us an official cask strenght release. But the single cask are already very very good)

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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby Whiskist » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:11 pm

I can't choose between the A'bunadh and Nadurra (I feel the Glenfarclas isn't up to scratch with A'bunadh and Nadurra around) due to them being completely different whiskies (albeit from the same region) i.e one is wholly Sherry matured, the other Bourbon. Both are great and need to be put ito perspective.

Lets see what we'd get with Nadurra Sherryfied and A'bunadh Bourbonised
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Re: Speyside Heaven

Postby pmullin » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:32 am

Indeed, these are all heavenly drams. In the end though, I chose the A'bunadh.
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