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Three cask strength sherry monsters...

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Which do you prefer

Macallan Cask Strength
6
29%
Glenfarclas 105
2
10%
Aberlour A'bunadh
13
62%
 
Total votes : 21

Three cask strength sherry monsters...

Postby Admiral » Sat May 13, 2006 11:56 pm

Which is your favourite?

(P.S. This poll will be far more useful and interesting if votes are accepted only by people who have tried all three. If you've only tried one or two of them, please feel free to post a comment, but may I suggest you abstain from casting a vote?)

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a, b or c?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun May 14, 2006 1:52 am

Admiral: I'm going to pour the three drams, do a quick refresher sample, then post my vote. To be edited shortly... Pete
(Edit:) My vote goes to Macallan CS the older white box with red stripes over the Glenfarclas 105, which came second, followed by Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 13 in last place. Surprising, as I would have chosen the A'Bunadh first and the Glenfarclas second based on flavour memory alone.
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Postby Lawrence » Sun May 14, 2006 4:10 pm

Aberlour a'bunadh is my first choice, hands down.
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun May 14, 2006 6:29 pm

I haven't tried the Macallan Cask Strength, and although the Glenfarclas 105 is excellent and surprisingly smooth for 60%, the Aberlour A'bunadh is WOW, pure milk chocolate!
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Postby Bullie » Sun May 14, 2006 6:30 pm

Aberlour a'Bunadh without a doubt. It is much better than the 10yo or 15yo Aberlour expression, while the Macallan or the Glenfarclas isn't that much better (or as good as) than their standard expressions. (10/15/17 and so on)

The a'Bunadh have it's strenght in that it comes out in different Batches which also make it more collectable and sought after for tasters. It´s more individual so to speak...

IMHO of course... :wink:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun May 14, 2006 7:26 pm

Musky, try them again in a different order. In fact, try every possible permutation:

123
132
213
231
312
321

Then spend an evening with each by itself. I have a suspicion that context changes everything, no matter how you try to clear your palate.
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Three blind tastes...

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon May 15, 2006 3:01 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:Musky, try them again in a different order. In fact, try every possible permutation:...Then spend an evening with each by itself. I have a suspicion that context changes everything, ...

Mr. T. you bring up a valid point or three. I will revisit these three again and do it blind to see what happens. Possibly I should also sample the 13, 14 and 15 batches? Musky Pete
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Postby Admiral » Mon May 15, 2006 4:14 am

For my money:

1. Aberlour A'bunadh (Batch No. 6)
2. Glenfarclas 105 (The more recent bottlings have improved tremendously)
3. Macallan CS

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Postby Sherried Malt » Tue May 16, 2006 3:23 am

I've only tried the Macallan and Aberlour and prefer the former. I find the Abunadh too over the top for most evenings. I really have to be in the right mood to prefer it over the Macallan.

I have the 105 on order, so we'll see what that's all about...
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Postby jimidrammer » Wed May 17, 2006 2:25 pm

I voted A'bunadh also as it is my favorite Sherry Monster. Having said that, I do find more of a difference in the batches than some people. The batch #13 was my least favorite and would probably fall behind the Macallan C/S. The batch #8 was as good as both the Mac and Glenfarclas, but the Batch #12 which I've had a couple bottles of, beats them all. An unopened batch #11 is still in the wings. I completely missed the batch #14 and have yet to purchase batch #15. To be fair, my Glenfarclas 105 was finished off back in January and my Macallan C/S was replaced but has sit unopened for nearly a year, so it's probably time to revisit. Veering slightly off topic I will say that Glenfarclas gets magical at 25yo while Mac and Aberlour don't suit me at higher ages, but not really a fair comparison, since my oldest Mac was 18 and Aberlour was 15.
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Postby bamber » Wed May 17, 2006 2:54 pm

Macallan CS. I've put away a fair amount of that syrup and enjoyed every drop of the stuff.
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Postby Admiral » Thu May 18, 2006 4:27 am

Yes, it is a bit syruppy, isn't it! :)

(Most syruppy whisky I've ever tried was 1960's Glen Grant bottled in the early-mid 1980's from the most sublime oloroso cask I've ever encountered. T'was a private bottling, none left, I'm afraid!)
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Postby bamber » Thu May 18, 2006 10:07 am

That Glen Grant sounds very tasty. I plan to pick up some syrupy Mac in June from WoW at Heathrow.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri May 19, 2006 10:32 am

I have to admit the I have not tried the Glenfarclas but I voted for A'bunadh as I prefer it over the Macallan cask strength. I find it more rounded and flavoursome.
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