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Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Matt2 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:49 pm

Welcome to the Aberlour Live Forum Tasting.

The Whiskies

  • Aberlour 10 Years Old
  • Aberlour 12 Years Old
  • Aberlour 16 Years Old
  • Aberlour 18 Years Old
  • Any other Aberlours you may have...

Date and Time

  • Saturday 19th July 7:00pm GMT

Special guest
Ian Logan - Aberlour International Brand Ambassador

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Start time - 7:00pm GMT

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For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby ResIpsa539 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:59 pm

I knew the possibility of free samples would bring LSD crawling back...
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:20 pm

Does it matter Nick? I plan to be in early tomorrow as I'd like to make it through all the Aberlours. :shock: Also, there will be a small crew out tonight so if you're up early Saturday, stop by and see how things are going. :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:03 pm

If you want to talk to Ian, it may matter.

Cheers,
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:08 am

As I'm unlikely to be around tomorrow, I'll kick things off now.

Aberlour 10

Aberlour
10
Sweet and candied (strawberry Campino sweets), with some soft sherry. Slightly spirity and mentholated. Baklavas and hints of Christmas cake. Very lightly herby and buttery. A little malty. Touches of honey, vanilla and chocolate custard.
Silky. Candied and sugary. Slightly 'green' and herbal. Some honey. Perhaps a suggestion of marzipan.
Long. Sherry, honey and a little eucalyptus. A little grassy. Soft again, but warming on the way down.
Have always liked this one for its direct approach, but it does lack complexity. Very drinkable though!
Full gold
0

10 Years Old
NA
40%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Bottled 2007

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:09 am

Cheers Tross, I'm with you!! :D :D

Starting with Aberlour 100

After this I have 9 other samples to taste. :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:30 am

Aberlour 100 NAS ( 57.1%, Official Bottling )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sweet and rich with bits of chocolate and vanilla
Palate: Full bodied and rich, starts peppery, then turns into dark chocolate and some vanilla.
Finish: A very nice finish, reminds me of a French vanilla coffee!

Thank you to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:35 am

Sound good Ryan!

Currently on the 12 Double Cask Matured.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:43 am

The 100 was a good one, very enjoyable!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

No samples yet from Matt, so those will have to wait for another day.
Now I'm onto the a'bunadh, starting with batch 10, and I'll climb the ladder from there.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:46 am

Aberlour 12 Double Cask Matured

Aberlour
12yo Double Cask Matured
Soft sherry. Sweet and lightly minted. Touches of Demerara sugar? Faint hints of peat? A slight pepperiness. Citrus fruit. Hints of fruit-fondant and coffee-flavoured confectionary. Chocolate. Grass-like notes and slightly perfumed.
Very soft and creamy. A sherried sweetness. Slightly earthy. A little vanilla and citrus.
Minty and a little earthy, along with some drying citrus fruit. Becomes more fragrant after a few seconds, but the mint lingers, almost like you've eaten some Kendal mint cake/Clarnico mints!
A little thin and watery at times, but very pleasant and makes for easy drinking.
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12 Years Old
NA
43%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Bottled 2006

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:47 am

Evening gents. I'll be going straight into a'bunadhs. Batch 10 is up first. Two glasses: celtic malts glass and large brandy.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:49 am

Evening Ganga!

Straight onto the a'bunadhs? Nowt like easing yourself into a tasting is there? :P

The 15yo Sherry Wood Finish is next for me.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:54 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.8%, a'bunadh batch #10 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sherry and spice are both very predominant here. Also a hint of carmel, with a whiff of something floral in the background.
Palate: Full bodied, very sweet and smooth, with a mixture of honey and dried oranges.
Finish: Long and yummy, lots of fruits lingering in the mouth!
I like this! Many thanks to Mikeymad for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:00 am

Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 10 #1

Aberlour
a'bunadh Batch 10
Soft caramels, cinnamon and spices, apples with cinnamon (cooked), citrus-orangs?
Orange compote, rich cinnamon, dried herbs, spices, lots of caramel
Long, relaxing. cinnamon and caramel.
-
Dark amber
0

0 Years Old
0
59.8%
Original Bottling

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Speyside
No
No
Celtic Malts Glass
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:04 am

Nose is pretty much the same but lighter with a little feintiness.
Palate has more of a fresh orange feel.
Still has that long caramel/spice finish.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:07 am

A little water brings out more of a tangerine in the nose. The palate gains just a touch of rubber/sulfur.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:11 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.5%, a'bunadh batch #14 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sweet on the nose, mix of light oranges and cinnamon spice.
Palate: Very full, rich and sweet. Lots of carmel/toffee along with spices, but not too hot, just right.
Finish: A very pleasant and long sweet and spicy cinnamon finish.

One of my favorite batches so far, that's for sure. Thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:17 am

Aberlour 15 Sherry Wood Finish

Aberlour
15
A surprising amount of oak, grass and earth. Lots of orange and chocolate - think Terry's... Also a little mint and some spices. Icing sugar and cinnamon. Lemon and white pepper. Toffee. Some cereal. Becomes more sherried after a little while.
More sherried, but not overly. Slightly drying. Some oak and grass again, with a little honey and mint. Light vanilla.
Some mint and a little oaky and spicy, with bitter citrus coming through. Becomes very slightly tea-ish after a while.
I love the nose on this! Not bad on palate and finish either, albeit quite a bit simpler.
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15 Years Old
NA
40%
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Single Malt
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No
None
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My favourite expression so far!
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:19 am

Nice notes Stuart! The 15yo sounds good.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:26 am

a'bunadh Batch 15 #1

Aberlour
a'bunadh Batch 15
Herb-nutmeg?, burnt/overcooked toffee, cocoa
slightly burned dark chocolate, spicey
Mod long, lingering spices with some hanging overcooked chocolate
-
Amber
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0 Years Old
0
59.6%
Original Bottling

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Speyside
No
No
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:28 am

Argh, notes!

large brandy glass

N: herbs, burnt chocolate, oranges-fresh, feinty
P: slighty burned dk choclate, spicey
F: moderately long, lingering spices and some burnt chocolate flavors.

Water brings out the "burnt" nature.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:29 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.6%, a'bunadh batch #15 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Dark chocolate and burnt toffee, some wood notes as well.
Palate: Very chocolatey, reminds me of over-cooked brownies. A mix of toffee is definitely there too, this is all very interesting.
Finish: Long, sweet, chocolatey and rich.

It just gets better and better, this was completely different from any batch I've tried. I really liked it! Thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:32 am

Ganga, try not to put the '#' in there, as I think that's what's causing the notes to be displayed wrong.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:44 am

Stuart - Ganga, Mikeymad and I are in the SOI Chat, you should join us. :D :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:45 am

Well I guess that I will join in for a bit:

Starting with a little Batch sample I got from Willie. Thanks for the sample.

Aberlour NAS (60.2%, Original Bottling, a'bunadh batch 23 (import))
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:47 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.6%, a'bunadh batch #16 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Lots of dark chocolate/toffee and a hint wood (oak I suppose), along with carmel
Palate: Yummy, lots of chocolate again, with definitely some nutmeg and vanilla notes too.
Finish: Long and lasting with a nice chocolatey cream feeling. Like chocolate fudge perhaps.

Many thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:48 am

Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 16

Aberlour
a'bunadh Batch 16
caramels, oranges, spices, lightly winey
oranges, Christmas cider, toffee
Long, spiced toffee
-
Reddish Amber
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:49 am

Nope, isn't the # symbol. Just one of those nights.

Large brandy glass

N: very similar, more toffee than caramel
P: very similar, overcooked toffee
F: nearly identical

some water

N: wineyness basically gone, lots of oranges, dried herbs
P: muted
F: moderate to short. not much.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:02 am

Aberlour NAS (60.2%, Original Bottling, a'bunadh batch 23 (import))

Glass: Glencairn
Nose: Sugar and Sweetness, caramel and cooked apples, just a touch of maltiness as well
Palate: strong and powerful for my first at cask strength, nice spice and caramel
Finish: dry and quick finish (short to medium length) light peppery spice lingers
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:06 am

Aberlour NAS ( 60.2%, a'bunadh batch #17 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Big and sweet, sherry plus lots of spice.
Palate: Very nice and sweet but not too sweet, with a hint of burnt brown sugar (but in a good way).
Finish: A nice spicy finish of a blend of spiced apples.

Many thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:07 am

Still finishing up my sample, but I think I will start a Batch count down after this.

See how far I get :-)

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:11 am

Ok, I give on the notes for tonight.

Celtic Malts glass
N: marzipan, hazelnuts, mixed dark/milk chocolate, citrus mix-rich oranges and some lighter citruses, Italian spices
P: marzipan, nuts, oranges, very spicey
F: long, spiced toffee

Lg brandy glass
N: very similar but nuts are more promnent, citrus reduced
P: same, but seems more feinty
F: see palate

Water
N: much crisper citrus, prominent nuts, dried herbs
P: more rich
F: shorter but more intense
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:18 am

Really liking my SMWS glass tonight. Perfect for the nose IMO. I really prefer this over the glencairn now. You know who you are, thank you very much!!! :D :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:19 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.7%, a'bunadh batch #18 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: A mix of tangerines and oranges with a hint of honey.
Palate: Very interesting mix of sweet and sour oranges, yet still spicy.
Finish: Long spicy finish with hints of oranges still.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:22 am

Aberlour NAS (59.5%, Original Bottling, a'bunadh batch 21)

Glass: Glencairn
Nose: Malty and light, caramel again and cooked oranges.
Palate: spice and pepper, apples and oranges
Finish: medium, some fruit (more like dried fruit)
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