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Summertime Xmas

Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:28 am

Do to extenuating circumstances, we're going to do those whiskies with big sherry and big peat. You go Sean!
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby AdamMY » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:38 am

Glenfarclas 10.


N: Candied and dried fruits. Oranges, and sadly today I am getting an odd musky cologne smell.

T: Sweet, maple syrup, and spices ( cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon).

F: Way too spirity.


This bottle hopefully is just in an off phase. Really hasn't been that good lately.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby AdamMY » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:56 am

Not big peat, or big sherry, but rather a touch of a peat and a touch of sherry, but I still think tis a very christmas time dram.

Benromach 10.

N: Benedictine and Brandy, with a touch of cigar smoke. Other than that quite a bit of boiled cabbage.

T: The candy goodness you would expect from a sherried whisky, dried rasins, touch of oranges, and spice, to go with a good bit of sugary sweetness. Just a touch of smoke to make things seem a little dry.

F: A lot of the raisins and oranges and spices, mixed with a slightly more prnouced smoke dryness.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:06 am

Bowmore Legend

Nose: like I am trimming the lavendar in the backyard, wood smoke, vanilla
Palate: wood smoke, little bit of lavendar boarding on perfume, touch of vanilla, caramel
Finish: moderate, lots of burning oak, little bit of chocolate

This reminds me more of late fall with the dyring flowers and wanting to sit around a campfire.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:19 am

Balvenie DW

Nose: huge cinnamon and caramel, wood polish, cinnamon buns
Palate: soft caramel chews, cinnamon, honey, nutmeg, Xmas cider
Finish: Big robust, cinnamon and caramel

This is XMAS.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:31 am

Glenfiddich 15

Nose: honey, cinnamon buns, wood glue, icing
Palate: cinnamon buns with icing, touch of oak, nutmeg
Finish: rich and soft, lots of sweets and spices

this is like a Xmas breakfast.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby AdamMY » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:42 am

95-15 SV UCF Glenlivet Cask 144361 ff Sherry

N: A lot of very warm spices. Slight touch of actual sherry. Almost like a spiced syrup aroma.

T: So incredibly sweet and spiced. Good dose of raisins, figs, and touch of dried apricots.

F: A wonderful continuation of the palate. Continues on for a decent time.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:00 am

pkt77242 wrote:AD Rattray Bowmore 1991 18yo sherry cask

Some bacon fat, floral notes, wood smoke, raisins, and peat. Getting more floral with lots of salt and smoke. Some barley and leaves.

I do bacon and eggs for Xmas breakfast. This seems Xmasie to me. :thumbsup:
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:59 am

pkt77242 wrote:Glenlivet 25yo OB

Big sherry, raisins, a hint of prunes, and some grapes. A little nuts but mostly sweet fruits. Some light floral notes and some oak as well. Not overly dry and if anything crazy sweet for the age. Yummy.

Funny, I noted a lot of tropical fruits in this, nothing that reminded me of Xmas. Rather Hawaii. Also some big vanilla notes.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:00 am

pkt77242 wrote:Laph 30yo OB

Wonderful soft peat, light sherry, some oak, pencil shavings and wood smoke. Some nuts and raisins. Just wondeful.

It's been awhile but yes very Xmasie. Sherry is kinda heavy in a good way...almost like a peated Xmas cider.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:01 am

Having some L11 Oogie. Yuletide Peat Log. :thumbsup:
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:11 am

pkt77242 wrote:Aberlour A'bunadh batch 26.

Lots of sherry. Brown sugar, cinnamon and cherries. Some oranges and cranberries. Also some rubber.

Looks fairly similar to many of the batches. Cherry seems to hit only once in awhile though.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:18 am

Actually looks like a tweener...not great but not amongst the lessers either.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:05 am

Macallan 12..if ever there were a Xmas Dram.....

xmas cider, cinnamon, fruit cake....yummy
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:44 am

So the DR Bowmore 20, 1991. I don't have the cask number and strength handy.

Nose: black tea, nuts, slighty winey, cranberry jelly, charred oak, wood smoke
Palate: burnt oak, cherries flambet (sp?), walnuts
Finish: long, sweet and burnt

This is very good. The nose reminds me a lot of the PLOWED Benriach. Guess I should also post up on that one too.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:47 am

I had the PLOWEDRiach earlier tonight. It was truly amazing tonight. Loads of black tea, glazed walnuts, dried cranberries, smokey too. This is one of the really good bottles from the last 3 or 4 years.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:40 pm

Apologies for not being around much recently. This looks like a good idea :D

Glenrothes 15yo 1990 Cadenhead's 59.5% sherry butt

Nose : Bitter chocolate, raisins, hot sand, carbide and turnips. Definite signs of sulphur.
Taste : A flash of super whisky before the sulphur kicks in and crushes it beneath cordite and spent matches. This is the kind of sulphur that seems to appeal to some folk.
Finish : High temperature and a bit harsh with more spent matches.
Comment : I suspect that some will love this. I prefer clean casks and so this loses points from me. A pity, because without the sulphur it could have been great.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:26 pm

Convalmore 28yo 1977 57.9% OB

Nose : Soft fruits, strawberries, peaches, guava, melon, cloves and mint
Taste : Softly spicy, jam and fizzy sherbet. Oily, delicious and minty fresh with water.
Finish : Long lingering fruit wrapped in crunchy brown sugar, cinnamon and peppery spices.
Comment : A whisky of subtlety and refinement.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:59 pm

Longmorn 20yo Whiskybroker.co.uk 1992 sherry hogshead 55.5%

Nose : Burnt sugar, almonds, mango, gooseberry and rhubarb. Water turns it into a singed rhubarb and apple crumble.
Taste : Singed toast, spices, cinnamon. A little musty with water.
Finish : Sugary and spicy with a light fruit burst late on.
Comment : Very nice whisky
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby mikeymad » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:09 am

I like a Willie xmas... :smoke:
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:54 am

mikeymad wrote:I like a Willie xmas... :smoke:

I just bet you do! :shock:
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:42 am

A'bunadh Batch 9

glencairn

This was one of my least favorite ones through the mide 20s. It is much better after being open for 4 to 5 years. Still winey but big caramel notes, nutty, oranges, xmas cider. Much better than when first opened.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:47 am

Ganga wrote:A'bunadh Batch 9

glencairn

This was one of my least favorite ones through the mide 20s. It is much better after being open for 4 to 5 years. Still winey but big caramel notes, nutty, oranges, xmas cider. Much better than when first opened.

wife poured a bunch of water in...guessing it is around 46%. Still rich but it loses the power. Many would probably consider it better as the caramel becomes very rich. Still good....and enjoyable.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:08 pm

Edradour 18yo 1993 59% oloroso cask #301

Nose: Wonderful cask! Masses of rich Christmas cake, raisin mash and allusions to Edradour. Floral notes, chocolate and mocca. Plummy.
Palate: What an explosion of flavour on the palate. bursting with cocoa flavoured fruit cake, seasoned with cinammon sugar. A little rubber, but nothing to worry about.
Finish: Wonderful fizzy berry finish. A little heat, but well worth it.
Comment: If you only ever get to try one Edradour it should be this one. What a cask.
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Re: Summertime Xmas

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:29 pm

Signatory 20yo Highland Park 1991 55.5% cask #12/511
17.09.1991-12.07.2012, sherry butt

Nose: Rather tannic for HP. There's a sulphur taint here. Not enough to be a problem, but it rather changes the character of the malt. After a minute or two the heather honey comes through alongside and floral notes and barley sugar. Water softens it and reveals the HP.
Palate: Initial barley sugar quickly breaks into hot spice with black peppercorns and chilli. Water calms it, but leaves a rough sulphur edge.
Finish: Pretty fiery at full strength. Water helps a little but more water helps a lot, allowing it to become quite enjoyable.
Comment: Needs water for best drinking due to the sulphur. Its a shame, because there was a lovely spirit there once.
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