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Sherry Xmas to One and All

Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:55 am

Yes, December features sherry drams. You got one that is sherry finished, vatted or matured bring it. No regional requirements.

I brought a Macallan 12 for starters so look for some notes.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:10 pm

Ganga wrote:look for some notes.

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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:26 am

Are you trying to say that the notes are as mythical as the little gold medallions that Matt supposedly distributed? :P
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby AdamMY » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:49 pm

Alright, starting out with Sherry Lights, whisky's only finished in Sherry.

Glenmorangie Lasanta 46% ABV.

Color: Polished Brass.

Nose: Dark Chocolate, spice cake/ zucchini bread, honey nut cherrios.

Taste: Distinctly nutty, and wonderfully forward with warm holiday flavors. I think there was a good bit of gingerbread cookies, and a hint of apples.

Finish: Medium, dry honeyed malt.

Pretty darn good compared to how I remembered it.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:04 am

AdamMY wrote:Sherry Lights

I could do with them for my Christmas tree
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby AdamMY » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:23 am

Kirkland Macallan Distillery 15 year old Sherry Cask Finish (Distilled in 1996).

Color: Rusty orange.

Nose: Oranges, Butterscotch, candied pineapple, lemon pound cake.

Taste: Candied Pineapple ( lots of sweetness), lots of melted butter, lemon pound cake.

Finish: Short, slightly nutty.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby AdamMY » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:18 am

The Irish can take part in Sherry Xmas too.

Bushmills Black Bush.

Color: Gold

Nose: Brown sugar, bit of alcohol, sugar cookies, nutmeg and clove.

Taste: Buttery, almonds, peanut brittle, and oranges.

Finish: Long, butter cookies.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:38 am

Willie JJ wrote:
AdamMY wrote:Sherry Lights

I could do with them for my Christmas tree

Flashing strand. :thumbsup:
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:51 am

Going for something that has a finish for the length of Chanukah. Aberlour a'buandh batch 10.

Nose: huge caramel hit, stewed oranges, cinnamon bread, fruit cake
Palate: cinnamon, red apples in caramel, Valencia oranges, bing cherries
Finish: It goes on and on and on. Caramel, apples and oranges
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:57 am

a'bunadh batch 10 with water. Dragging it down near 50%.

Nose: much lighter. caramel, red apples, mixed spices, heavy bread note
Palate: cinnamon bread coated in a light layer of caramel, oranges
Finish: medium, with plenty of caramel and oranges.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:11 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Ganga wrote:Going for something that has a finish for the length of Chanukah. Aberlour a'buandh batch 10.

Nose: huge caramel hit, stewed oranges, cinnamon bread, fruit cake
Palate: cinnamon, red apples in caramel, Valencia oranges, bing cherries
Finish: It goes on and on and on. Caramel, apples and oranges


Now that sounds very good. :thumbsup:

The last pour of the bottle and it was the best one. Bottle lasted somewhere just short of 4.5 years.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:15 am

Macallan 12

Nose: cinnamon sticks, peanut brittle, red apples, cinnamon bread
Palate: Cinnabon, fruitcakey
Finish: moderate, cinnamon, caramel
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:19 am

The Mac 12 with some water.

Nose: sliced red apples, doughy (cinnamon has really disappeared)
Palate: slightly bitter dry apples, cinnamon bread left to dry
Finish: shortish, underripe oranges

Much better w/o water.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:32 am

HP 12, the flask bottle

Nose: heather honey, whispy smoke, little bit of orange rind, little bit of cinnamon and bread
Palate: little bit of char, smoked honey, oranges, cinnamon powder
Finish: moderate, charred and honey
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:09 am

Forgot the Lismore 100 has sherry influence. So some notes

Nose: cinnamon, sherry (yes really sherry), oaky
Palate: fresh oak, cinnamon, oranges, vanilla
Finish: moderate to long, little bit of biting oak and a touch of caramel

It certainly feels like young whisky that is sherry finished and not matured.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:52 pm

pkt77242 wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:
AdamMY wrote:Sherry Lights

I could do with them for my Christmas tree


Willie are we going to see some notes from you? :iwbrnt:

I'm taking antibiotics so will have to catch up in a couple of weeks :(
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby AdamMY » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:10 am

The Macallan 12 year old Sherry Cask.


Color: Nut Brown.

Nose: Cinnamon sticks, spice cake, green pepper, faint hint of malt.

Taste: Pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon, green apples with caramel sauce.

Finish: Huge wave of caramel, fading into a sweetness quite long.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby AdamMY » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:07 am

Highland Park 12 year old.

Color: Amber.

Nose: Cane sugar, hint of smoke, leather and apples.

Taste: Pomegranate, peanut brittle, and the lightest hint of peat and smoke.

Finish: Smokes and leather, medium to long.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby dramtastic » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:03 pm

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2011 No Age Statement 48%
Nose: Dry sherry, oak, raisins, dark cherry chocolate, figs, Arnott's mint slice biscuits, leather, blackberry jam, bran, ginger.
Palate: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, figs, brazil nuts, leather, a mix of dark jams, mint, dry sherry, bran, oak. Nicely punchy.
Finish: Medium length. An excellent balance of sweet and dry flavours.
General comment: I've had the 2009 and this is a few points better. A superbly crafted whisky.
Rating: 90/100
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:48 pm

dramtastic wrote:Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2011 No Age Statement 48%
Nose: Dry sherry, oak, raisins, dark cherry chocolate, figs, Arnott's mint slice biscuits, leather, blackberry jam, bran, ginger.
Palate: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, figs, brazil nuts, leather, a mix of dark jams, mint, dry sherry, bran, oak. Nicely punchy.
Finish: Medium length. An excellent balance of sweet and dry flavours.
General comment: I've had the 2009 and this is a few points better. A superbly crafted whisky.
Rating: 90/100

Why does this make me want breakfast? :smoke:
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby dramtastic » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:25 pm

Just a tad expensive to be pouring on your breakfast cereal
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby dramtastic » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:18 am

pkt77242 wrote:
dramtastic wrote:Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2011 No Age Statement 48%
Nose: Dry sherry, oak, raisins, dark cherry chocolate, figs, Arnott's mint slice biscuits, leather, blackberry jam, bran, ginger.
Palate: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, figs, brazil nuts, leather, a mix of dark jams, mint, dry sherry, bran, oak. Nicely punchy.
Finish: Medium length. An excellent balance of sweet and dry flavours.
General comment: I've had the 2009 and this is a few points better. A superbly crafted whisky.
Rating: 90/100


That sounds damn yummy :smoke: but I bet it is out of my price range.


$100-115 bucks
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:06 am

The Glenfarclas 11 for Traversos, 46%

Nose: very sweet sherry...cherries jubilee, liquid caramel, applie pie with cinnamon and red apples
Palate: huge cinnamon, cherries dipped in caramel, touch of sauteed button mushrooms
Finish: continuation of the palate and it just lingers there.

This is just beautiful. I would suggest it is among the best young sherry matured whiskies.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:41 am

Springbank 12, 54.6

Nose: cinnamon, walnuts, figs and raisins, some greenery
Palate: hazelnuts, cinnamon, mixed greens with mushrooms, light mintiness, apples
Finish: big, sherried nuttiness with the mint dancing around

I know I'm a little off tonight but this is still very good.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby dramtastic » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:43 pm

Ganga wrote:Springbank 12, 54.6

Nose: cinnamon, walnuts, figs and raisins, some greenery
Palate: hazelnuts, cinnamon, mixed greens with mushrooms, light mintiness, apples
Finish: big, sherried nuttiness with the mint dancing around

I know I'm a little off tonight but this is still very good.


Yes very good, but a big call calling this one sherried. Not sure how you missed the coconut as well twin.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:15 am

Coconut was smothered under all the sherry elements. :thumbsup: And yes, I do owe you folks some more before the end of the month. Wait.... :shock: ...there's only a few days left. Let me go grab some stuff.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:39 am

Aberlour a'bunadh batch 11...end of bottle.

large brandy

Nose: Wow this is still hot. I know the last finger has been sitting in this bottle for around 2 years so don't be fooled by the "once it's down to 1/3" line. Caramel nougat and milky way fluff, tangerines, mushrooms, dried herbs and spices, cinnamon
Palate: sweet and pungeant, mushrooms, cinnamon sticks, oranges
Finish: long, underripe oranges with just a touch of cinnamon and mushrooms
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:56 am

Added some water

Nose: lots of oranges, rinds too, little bit of grapefruit at the top of the glass, green bananas, green wood, bready
Palate: cinnamon bread, dried orange peels
Finish: rather short considering, oranges and cinnamon
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:13 am

Onto Batch 12 and the end of this bottle.

Nose: big caramel, cinnamon bread, light pepper
Palate: lots of caramel, light rubber notes, dried herbs, cinnamon, citrus
Finish: big and long, lots of caramel with some herbs and cinnamon

This has simplified with time but is still very tasty.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:17 am

with some water

Nose: sawdust, cinnamon, caramel, oranges, doughy
Palate: cinnamon and caramel, orange rinds
Finish: still pretty robust, lots of caramel with a dusting of cinnamon

This is better. I didn't get quite as much water as with the 11 so proof is still up there.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:26 am

Sample from a buddy. He picked this up at the distillery.

Aberlour 17, 1994, cask strength

Nose: cherry syrup, caramel, tangerine rinds, cinnamon dough
Palate: dried basil, cherry syrup, dry caramel, cinnamon
Finish: long but light, dried cherries

I like this one but it was better when he first poured it for me.
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Re: Sherry Xmas to One and All

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:36 am

One last whisky

HP 12, slanty shoulder from the 90s

Nose: oranges, leather, wood shavings, bread
Palate: cinnamon, old leather, stewed oranges, shoe polish, whispy smoke, heather honey
Finish: surprising long, with smoke and honey

This is a very nice HP 12. Feels a little bit older than 12 too.
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