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"Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:12 am

Mmmm, Macallan. :D

Think I'll have to dig out the Speymalt in a little bit.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:14 am

This should be good. I'll join in later.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:27 am

Speymalt 1993, 9 - Macallan

N: nice blend of spices, almost a little of a bbq thing going, slightly musty like mushrooms
P: button mushrooms in wine sauce, cinnamon, oranges, nutmeg
F: luxurious, great sherry depth
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:15 am

Ok, return to sherry because Sean said I had too.

Aberlour a'bunadh batch 11

N: salted almonds, cinnamon buns, Xmas cider, oranges, cranberries, red wine
P: pickled cherries with cinnamon, dried bananas, mixed Xmas nuts
F: huge/long, cinnamon and cherries a bit of mixed fruits come in underneath
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:42 am

Signatory Mortlach 1988, 9 yo, 43%

N: cinnamon sprinkled on orange slices, bananas, cherry pits
P: musty, fresh mushrooms, super balls new from the dispenser, stewed oranges and bananas, used cinnamon sticks
F: rather long for 43%, shrooms and oranges
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:04 am

Sorry finished that one Sean. I got a big cherry note on that one.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:12 am

Ok, one more sherry whisky for the evening.

Aberlour a'bunadh batch 9

N: roasted mushrooms, cinnamon, valencia oranges, nutmeg, cloves
P: Danish cherry wine, orange juice, cinnamon, dry spices
F: robust and long, cinnamon intermingled with the cherry wine
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:18 am

Glendronach Revival 15YO

Nose: Quite weak really. Apart from that, a lot of the standard sherry notes. Varnish, sweet oak, marmalade, raison, licorice and some yeast. Some floral soapyness as it opens up.

Palate: Much better now(more punch). Quite minty, cherry, raisons, currents, marmelade and some warming spiceyness(pepper and nutmeg).

Finish: Medium length dominated by cigar leaf, raisins, some nuttyness and quite some mint.

Overall a not spectacular but very solid sherried malt that seems to have been constructed not to offend.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:07 am

Kirin-Seagrams Orchid

Nonse: Some Colgate mintyness. Chargrilled peppers, walnut, marmelade, fresh cut grass, putty, salt, citronella. Yeh it's a bit odd.

Palate: Softish delivery. Now the sherry influence starts to come through. Cherries, sultanas(ok there's the sherry bit), bananas, putty, brazil nut, black pepper.

Finish: Shortish and dry with putty, walnuts, sultanas and bananas.

Odd, perfectly fine to drink, but nothing special. Although it doesn't state on the bottle, I'm thinking this might be a blend with a portion of sherried malt added(the only clue is a statement on the bottle that says sherry influenced).
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:09 am

Mars Moltage Komogatake 10YO Sherry Butt

Nose: Honey, sherry, lemon, green apple, malt

Palate: A touch oily, marmelade, honey, salt, toffee, apple, hint of strawberry, smoke

Finish: Medium length with Honey, strawberry, apple, fresh mint, toffee and smoke, ultimately drying. After 10 minutes or so it's the smoke that lingers.

I truelly believe if you are a fan of HP12 you'd be quite smitten by this. Unfortunately I'm not, so this one remains a drinkable but unremarkable whisky.

I had reviewed this one on nonjatta 8 mths ago and I was interested to look back and compare with these notes. Some flavours stood out this time and some flavours from previously seemed not to be prominant at all. Overall impressions remain the same.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:20 am

Karuizawa 1990 19Y0 Sherry Butt for Whisky Live Japan 2010 #6446 60%

Nose: Big, bold sherry as you would expect. Marmelade, cherries and woodstain. More woody with water.

Palate: Neat it's not for the feint hearted. Blistering stuff that needs water to tame. With water the mouth feel is reasonably smooth, with sherry, raisons, lovely orange dark chocolate, crumpets with maple syrup, brazil nut and mint.

Finish: Is surprisingly, not particularly long, with mostly the flavors form the nose and then fades to a hint of grassyness/timber.

Can't quite hang with the best sherry matured whisky's I've had from Japan, but not none the less very good.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:40 am

You fellows seem to be having a 'sweet' time tonight, so maybe I'll pour a final dram before I hit the sack.

Old Malt Cask Distilled At Braeval Distillery / Aged 10 Years / Fully Matured In One Sherry Butt (761 bottles in total) & entitled "A Single Cask Bottling for A Fine Cigar's Pleasure" (no accompanying cigar for me on this occasion)

Colour: Lemon gold with a faint straw cast.
Nose: A whiff of acetone. Pear pastilles. Honey. Clover. Dandelions in the spring. Wet grass. A very, very faint scent of saddlery or, perhaps, cured tobacco leaves.
Palate: Viscous to the point of stickiness initially. Sweetness immediately followed by Jalapeño-like heat. That somewhat candied pear fruit noted on the nose then reappears in the mouth and bores its way right through the spirity heat. Grapey too, in the manner of a Muscat dessert wine. Spruce resin-like spices and tannins pop up from the oak, and the malt seems to be going in different directions all at once.
Finish: A sense of lingering honeyed sweetness fights citrusy tartness amidst some seriously drying input and a hint of burning matches from the Sherry cask.
Comment: Vivacious, and even a little on the wild, disjointed side. Though not exactly a 'class act' on its own, I can imagine this whisky working quite well with a Fonseca or Por Larrañaga (Habanos, of course) along for the ride.

Will dredge up more Sherry 'monsters' from the loch as the week progresses.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:30 am

Good to have you onboard TTD
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:56 pm

There's getting to be a nice variety of whiskies here. Very nice guys.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Swedish Chef » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:54 pm

Don't know if Famous NAS counts but I brought a bottle over to the in-laws, and I don't bring empty bottles back.
It was I while since I had one sober and let's face it, it aint no malt - be that single or vatted/blended. Single malt, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to please every taste bud in the room, accept no substitutes. :wink:

Back to the Famous, lets say it's drinkable with some sherry, smoke and grain on the nose, palate and finish.

Got home and poured me Springbank 15.
Nose is overwhelming grape fruit, some pineapple, other tropical fruits and a bit of smoke.
Palate is much like the nose but with with less grape fruit and more coconut and red berries.
Finish is the same as the palate but with mint and smoke added.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Swedish Chef » Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:12 am

Glenfarclas 105 (with a few drops of water)

N: Anis,oranges, smoke and nuts
P: Anis, mandarins, black pudding and red currants.
F: Like the nose plus pudding and smoke.

In my huble opinion this really is a Sherry Christmas whisky.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:46 am

Are you shooting for a telescopic view Chef? :P

Hm, wonder if anyone will be around tonight to have a few sherried whiskies.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:03 am

Dear Sean:

You've corrupted me. I must dram sherry whiskies tonight. :headbang:

Will start with the Canadian Club Sherry Cask before moving onto two a'bunadh and the PLOWEDriach.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:10 am

Canadian Club Blended Canadian Whisky 8 yo
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Nose: huge sherry blossom quickly fading into alcohol fumes, antissptic-gee I feel like the nurse just prepped the arm for a shot, nutty-must be the other doctors office
Palate: "sherry, sherry baby", slight iodine as in antibacterial
Finish: lingering sweetness with slight "vapors"
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:12 am

Nice description Sean although I think I said molasses when I tried it. What kind of shrooms or is it just in general?
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:24 am

Aberlour a'bunadh batch 10, 59.8

Nose: that bag of mixed Christmas nuts, mulled cider, oranges, fruit cake, salty raisins/figs, caramel candies
Palate: orange cider, molasses, brown sugar broth, little bit of crushed cherries, walnuts, slightly salty
Finishe: robust caramel and spices.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby mikeymad » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:40 am

Joining in for a few:

Caol Ila 1993 14yo 46% - Murray McDavid - Sherry Matured.

Lovely Dark reddish amber in the glass. With a lite peat and caramel being the first things to jump off the nose. As you let it sit the heather and tangerines comes into play, with a touch of inner tube. The Peat comes through strong on the palate... mostly a sweet peat with an herbal blend behind it. It finishes all in the palate with the citrus coming back a little bit and fading pretty quick, but would call medium.

Nice beverage, not great but nice. With the peat influence being so high I would like to see the Sherry notes to be a little stronger.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:49 am

Aberlour a'bunadh batch 12, 60%

Nose: Huge cinnamon, caramel, cooking sherry, blood oranges
Palate: Xmas cider, apples, oranges, caramel
Finish: all of the above in a very "sit by the fire" feel
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby AdamMY » Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:55 am

Posting a slightly modified version of my notes I have of Bushmills Black Bush:

Nose: Buttered popcorn, toffee, roses, and breakfast cereal. The mouth feel is smooth and oily, but the taste is sweet, and very candy like, mixed with a good bit of breakfast cereals, and nice nutty hints. The finish is quite strong and I think rather shows off the fact that it is mostly aged in ex sherry casks, namely in how warming and completely rounded out the flavor profile is in terms of a slight hint of fruit.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby mikeymad » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:09 am

More Sherry/Peat

Benriach 1986 23yo 56.1% Cask 3182 (OB bottling for the PLOWED group (known as the PlowedRiach))

Another reddish Amber dram in the glass. Now this one comes out with much more balance than the CI. The Nose comes off with cooked oranges and cinnamon to start followed by some apples and caramel. There is a peat note there, but more of a supporting note to the rest of the more standout smells. The Palate is where the balance really comes into play. The Sherry notes seem to dominate more now (only a couple of fingers left in the bottle) than when it was freshly opened earlier this year. Almost hard to pick it apart... big rich Christmas cake collection of flavors. Very appropriate I guess... Finish will last till new years.

Great dram.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:13 am

G'day all

Ichiro's Malt 6 of Clubs 2000 9YO 57.9%

Nose: Gunpowder, lime, white pepper, mushroom, mixed peel. With water marzipan comes through.

Palate: Blood orange, burnt toffee, gunpowder, blackberry, wet earth. With water the mixed peel zings.

Finish: Sweet spices, blackberries(not something I normally find in whisky) Christmas pudding drizzled in warm treacle and buttered shrooms on the side.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:15 am

pkt77242 wrote:Gordon and Macphail Secret Stills 2.2 Speyside (Cragganmore) sherry casks 1966/2006 40yo.

N: Very gentle. Sandalwood, peaches, nectarines and some oak. Sherry, milk chocolate and a little cinnamon.
P: Loads of sandalwood, peaches, and nectarines. Some mint, walnuts and eucalyptus. also a touch of cinnamon.
F: Medium short on sandalwood, pencil shavings, peaches, walnuts and nectarines.

Has a fair amount of oak but balanced by the fruit. A damn good whisky. :smoke:



Now that sounds really nice Sean!
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:22 am

pkt77242 wrote:Hey DT. That whisky sounds amazing. I am now drooling.


Mop and bucket to aisle nine please.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:29 am

Hey Dram.

Hazelburn 1997, Oloroso Sherry Cask, Swiss bottling

Nose: currants and figs, rubber, oranges, wine glass that has been left to sit with the red wine dregs, Thanksgiving cranberry sauce
Palate: leathery, cranberries, tangerines and meyers lemons, light dusting of cinnamon and Italian spices
Finish: long, oranges and spices
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:38 am

Ok not a whisky but the sherry influence in this one is very prominent

Ron Zacapa 23

Nose: Menthol, oak, match heads, maraschino cherries, sherry, valencia oranges, molasses, candied walnuts, pine.

Palate: Only sweet tooths need apply. Soft and balanced. Menthol, dark cherries, blackcurrant jubes, valencia oranges, molasses, sherry. Smooooooooth!

Finish: Is fairly short, with cherries, molasses, a bucket of valencia oranges, candied nuts and milk chocolate.

The perfect desert spirit.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:40 am

Hey Ganga,
some excellent dramming going on tonight. I'm enjoying the reviews.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:40 am

Hey Ganga,
some excellent dramming going on tonight. I'm enjoying the reviews.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:43 am

Is there an echo in here?
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:45 am

Indeed there is. Lots of unique whiskies here.
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Re: "Sherry Christmas to You" December 2010 Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:56 am

I take back what I sai about the 'Zacapa's finish being short. The candied sweetness that coats the mouth hangs on for quite some time.
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