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Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:03 am

Ganga wrote:I need to go back and try the new Bunny 12. I haven't had it in years. I recently had the opportunity to sample the 18 and 25 and these were both very, very good. If you like the 12 do yourself a favor and find a place where you can try these two...or at least by a bottle of the 18.


I'll be in a real city over Christmas and will have opportunity to find more malts...I will look for the elder Bunnies. (wait, that sounds more like Easter)
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:04 am

Christmas Spirit #2B

Highland Park
Hi-Time Wine Cellars Single Cask
Again, the soft caramel chews but there it shows a spiciness (cinnamon among others), cooked apples, mild citrus. A touch of water mellows most of the nose except the citrus comes out more.
Orange/cinnamon and spices, maple (wood not syrup) and caramel, some malt flavors.
A little more rubbery/sulphury on the the finish. Still plenty of caramel though.
Without water give me the noser but with water the brandy holds up much better.
Copper penny tone
78

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Highland
No and Yes
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:04 am

blawder wrote:
Ganga wrote:I need to go back and try the new Bunny 12. I haven't had it in years. I recently had the opportunity to sample the 18 and 25 and these were both very, very good. If you like the 12 do yourself a favor and find a place where you can try these two...or at least by a bottle of the 18.


I'll be in a real city over Christmas and will have opportunity to find more malts...I will look for the elder Bunnies. (wait, that sounds more like Easter)



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:06 am

Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:17 am

And one more double dram for the evening. The DT Springbank 36yo, 1967.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:19 am

OK...have switched from the gentle drams. Aberlour a'bunadh 57%...but with some of the roundness like the previous young Bunny.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:20 am

And the entire inside of my mouth starts to pucker... tongue included. Please tell me I'm not alone in this.

Alligator scales inside my mouth.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:22 am

Not at all as my body just quivers for this Springbank.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:26 am

The Aberlour a'bunadh is some tasty stuff... but I think it needs a wee bit more water.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:26 am

Christmas Spirit #3A

Springbank
05.67-07.03
Very herbal with the fennel coming through and a little mintiness, some green grass/straw, small vanilla notes.
GREEN - minty with fennel, very herby, very light citrus and some grains, and a little bit of the fresh oak. There is some oiliness too.
Long finish with that winter green feel with the fennel fading in and out.
This is just a wonderful experience.
golden to dark straw
92

36 Years Old
1967
41.6%
Duncan Taylor

Single Malt
Campbeltown
Not on your life
Not on your life
Tulip Nosing Glass
Cask 1940, bottle 01/90

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:28 am

blawder wrote:The Aberlour a'bunadh is some tasty stuff... but I think it needs a wee bit more water.

Which a'bunadh are you having? I don't recall one at 57%. The ones I have are all 59.5% and above (Batchs 6-18).
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:35 am

Christmas Spirit #3B

Springbank
05.67-07.03
Herbalness is milder in this glass but the vanilla notes are stronger.
Really strong herbal-fennel and mint and maybe some cinnamon too, vanillas are preseent. Palate is a bit oily. A bit of woodiness-in a good way.
Not quite as long but very fennel and minty.
Two thumbs up from the peanut gallery
golden to dark straw
92

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1967
41.6%
Duncan Taylor

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Not on your life
Not on your life
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:40 am

Ganga wrote:
blawder wrote:The Aberlour a'bunadh is some tasty stuff... but I think it needs a wee bit more water.

Which a'bunadh are you having? I don't recall one at 57%. The ones I have are all 59.5% and above (Batchs 6-18).


I misquoted: 59.7%, Batch 18.

Two percent, man...this is a very demanding forum! :headbang:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:40 am

Well folks, I've gone through 6 beverages in the last hour and a half. I probably will sign off shortly unless some people start showing up.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:41 am

Ganga wrote:Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.


This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:41 am

Hey, I thought you might have something I didn't. :wink:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:43 am

Danny wrote:
Ganga wrote:Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.


This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.

Bummer, I must have missed this one. Oh well.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:58 am

Ganga wrote:
Danny wrote:
Ganga wrote:Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.


This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.

Bummer, I must have missed this one. Oh well.


Ganga, I am out by ten years :oops: it was bottled in 2004
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:09 am

Danny wrote:
Ganga wrote:
Danny wrote:This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.

Bummer, I must have missed this one. Oh well.


Ganga, I am out by ten years :oops: it was bottled in 2004


Is this the collectible release? I know there's a 1979 floating around at about $800.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:21 am

Just finished an Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 13, and in the process finally emptied the bottle. Now I have an open Batch 18 to start working on.
Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:15 pm

[quote
Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Peter, no we discussed the qualities of both, but we kind of lost touch there for a bit while we both moved.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:24 pm

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Longmorn
15 Year
Carmelized nuts and fruits, vanilla oak
Canned peach heavy syrup, white pepper, vanilla and almond
Sweet fruits, a bit of pepper and long lingering semi-sweet chocolate
Still one of my favorites
Light Amber, almost a tinge of pink
88

0 Years Old
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0%
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Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Glencairn
To continue on from last night

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:36 am

Danny wrote:
Musky ol boy wrote:Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Peter, no we discussed the qualities of both, but we kind of lost touch there for a bit while we both moved.

Then we will have to have a confab when I return from the desolate part of the north.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:45 am

Another evening of Christmas dramming. :P

Tonight, two samples of the a'bunadh Batch #9.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby mikeymad » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:56 am

Sharing with ganga on the phone:

Having:
Bruichladdich 6yo ( 46%, Original Bottling, "First Born" K&L Wine cask 522 finished in Ridge Zinfandel cask, bottle 43/340 )

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:58 am

Well, after trying to nose the two glasses I've managed to fry my nostrils. This is not a good night to try to post notes. So I will enjoy what I can and come back to this beverage at a later date.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Lawrence » Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:36 pm

I have a 38yo Glenfarclas OB single cask that I've had for a few years that really should be opened on Christmas day.....
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:54 pm

Lawrence, you may already know, but in case you don't. There is a new Wine and Spirits shop in Calgary, Centre Street North Wine and Spirits.

They are having their 1st Annual Whisky Festival February 27th. David Michiels is hosting it and he is also procuring the shops Whisky stock.

I can get more info for you if interested.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby plainly jane » Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:34 pm

Happy Christmas!

What a great way to start the day! It is almost noon in Calgary (start the day you say...). I knew what my picks for the day would be before opening my eyes.

Yesterday was a priming day for today. I shared several drams with young Andrew Ferguson at the Kensington Wine Market. Most notable were the Tullibardine 1964 and the Bowmore 1968 37 year old. We had these two as part of the tasting last spring which included the Macallan 50 Lalique (none of that left). The Tullibardine stood the test of time opened for 9 months. The Bowmore, however, changed dramatically. It became very grassy with floral accents. Do not get me wrong, it is still wonderful.

Today, I am going to have some of the following:
Auchentoshan 21year-this is an 8am breakfast dram (I over slept but...)
Tullibardine Moscatel finish-this is an elevenses dram and I know it is now 1210 but...whatever
Dalmore Cigar Malt-usually for after 8pm
Highland Park 12 year-after 4pm
Bruichladdich Blacker Still-after dinner, whether or not dinner is served at 5 or at 8
All of these are leading up to...
Strathisla 1960, 46 years, Gordon & MacPhail, bottled for the KWM, 58.2%abv (imagine that, after 46 years)-anytime of day, ambient temperature or location

I opened the Strathisla on my birthday (Dec 7) and shared it with my friends at KWM. It was great fun. The tasting notes provided on their website I find to be in-tune with my palate. It will be my later evening before bed dram. I know I will sleep well (also being whisky number 6 of the day!)

I hope your day is to be as brilliant as mine will be, or even better.

pj
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby plainly jane » Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:37 pm

Happy Christmas Danny,

I have marked down Feb 27 for the CSN festival. Perhaps we will meet there.

Jane
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:47 pm

Sounds like a really nice Christmas over there plainly jane!! Enjoy the rest of it, all the best. :mrgreen:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby clicker7 » Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:47 pm

Tonight we will begin the evening with Highland Park 15 to warm us a bit, then move on to Aberlour 16 D. C., and finish the night with a dram or two of Talisker 18.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:36 pm

plainly jane wrote:Happy Christmas Danny,

I have marked down Feb 27 for the CSN festival. Perhaps we will meet there.

Jane


Hi Jane, Merry Christmas. Unfortunately I will be out of town for the the CSN festival. There is a Bruichladdich tasting at CSN on January 21 that I will attend.

Have a great New Years.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:40 pm

clicker7 wrote:Tonight we will begin the evening with Highland Park 15 to warm us a bit, then move on to Aberlour 16 D. C., and finish the night with a dram or two of Talisker 18.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Joseph


Joseph, sounds like you had a good sampling on Christmas Day. I received a Aberlour 16 D.C. for Xmas. Have not opened it yet. How is it?
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:10 am

plainly jane wrote:Happy Christmas!

What a great way to start the day! It is almost noon in Calgary (start the day you say...). I knew what my picks for the day would be before opening my eyes.

Yesterday was a priming day for today. I shared several drams with young Andrew Ferguson at the Kensington Wine Market. Most notable were the Tullibardine 1964 and the Bowmore 1968 37 year old. We had these two as part of the tasting last spring which included the Macallan 50 Lalique (none of that left). The Tullibardine stood the test of time opened for 9 months. The Bowmore, however, changed dramatically. It became very grassy with floral accents. Do not get me wrong, it is still wonderful.

Today, I am going to have some of the following:
Auchentoshan 21year-this is an 8am breakfast dram (I over slept but...)
Tullibardine Moscatel finish-this is an elevenses dram and I know it is now 1210 but...whatever
Dalmore Cigar Malt-usually for after 8pm
Highland Park 12 year-after 4pm
Bruichladdich Blacker Still-after dinner, whether or not dinner is served at 5 or at 8
All of these are leading up to...
Strathisla 1960, 46 years, Gordon & MacPhail, bottled for the KWM, 58.2%abv (imagine that, after 46 years)-anytime of day, ambient temperature or location

I opened the Strathisla on my birthday (Dec 7) and shared it with my friends at KWM. It was great fun. The tasting notes provided on their website I find to be in-tune with my palate. It will be my later evening before bed dram. I know I will sleep well (also being whisky number 6 of the day!)

I hope your day is to be as brilliant as mine will be, or even better.

pj


Looks like a lovely set of malts to wile away the day. Merry Christmas.
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