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Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:40 pm

We've bronzed Ian. :D

Ian, is there any difference in the batches between the US and Europe? (other than 50 ml)
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:40 pm

16 yo

Nose: now I'm getting that mintiness that folk are referring to. It's a menthol character that really sits beautifully with the citric notes. (slight eau-de-fly)

Palate: again with the marmalade, but a good dose of chocolate alongside the spicy wood this time.

Finish: the mint returns and gives a really fresh finish.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:41 pm

Good job Ian... on your bronze status. Well earned

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:41 pm

Ganga,

No, all samples are identical. There are no differences in any release between the US and Europe.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:43 pm

Thanks Ian.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:43 pm

Ganga wrote:
TreacleSponge wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:Its amazing! I'm sure the wee bugger's swallowed half of it.

Oh yeah, it was the fly that emptied the glass :lol:

Better ring him out, Willie.


He died happy anyway.

Congratulations on your bronzeness Ian. :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:44 pm

Ok, my last dram before I go out and meet some friends..

A'bunadh 17 (Thanks again, SoMK!!)

Nose: A much more reticent nose. Less toffee and a bit more vanilla? Some citrus too.

Palate: Very smooth and rounded, but perhaps my palate's been pre-conditioned by the others, but it seems to be lacking a certain something...

Finish: Less hot than what I've had today, but still needs some water I think. After a gulp of water, maybe not...

Bottom line for me: I'll take the 8 any day, but will go with the 14 if I have to... :P :P
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:45 pm

Water to batch 14.

Hmm, don't like water with this. Probably got just a touch too much water. It starts to bring in an oak element that I don't care for.

Still rates: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:46 pm

Ok, that's it for me for a while. Hope to see some of you nightbirds later tonight.

Have a great time everyone and thanks again Ian for joining us!
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:48 pm

SM,

Enjoy your evening out, thanks for dropping in.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:51 pm

Sherried Malt wrote:Ok, that's it for me for a while. Hope to see some of you nightbirds later tonight.

Have a great time everyone and thanks again Ian for joining us!


Cheers SM... see you on later.... :o
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:53 pm

See you later SM.

Tasting the 16 now and I'm pleasantly suprised nice sweet round full nose, less sherried but older, very nice.
Can't find info on the Aberlour site on this one. Is this beauriful whisky of the shelve before I even got one?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:54 pm

Moving along to Batch 15, 59.6

N: cooking toffee, oranges, simmering pot with herbs
P: slight wineyness to the caramel, bit of nuts, herbs
F: moderate, herbal, bit astringent

time for a retry.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:55 pm

Ian Logan call you maybe explain why there is no unsherried Aberlour original bottling?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:55 pm

Astringent gone now. More lingering oranges and cinnamon for the palate.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:56 pm

Aberlour A'bunadh, batch 23, ABV 60.2%

Nose - Full on sherry, fruit cake, sultanas, mint
Taste - Woah. Sweet. Sultanas. A touch of oak to show some older elements. A touch nippy sweety (from the strength), black pepper, hold on to your hat, chair etc
Finish - Pepper, delicious, fading slowly, then a touch of cooling (thank you) mint at the end
Comment - Another excellent and consistent dram, this one grabs you and doesn't let go. Very deep. Yet another bottle for the list (I'd better make some room)
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:59 pm

@$@%^, poured way too much water.

Nose: straws and malt
Palate: muted

Maybe repour this one.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:00 pm

Ras,

It was a concious decision when Pernod Ricard bought the distillery in 1975 to go down the line of using a higher than normal percentage os sherry matured casks.
It offers a more traditional taste with a sweeter and fuller taste than many of our neighbours. This choice has worked as Aberlour is now the biggest selling malt in France, the global n0.1 malt market.
Bourbon matured examples do exist but are more IB versions, we have a house character in what we produce and want to stay with that.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:01 pm

A fair bit less water now.

Mellows the wine. Yep, I like this one with a touch of water.

Dare I say a hint on mint chocolate in the finish? :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:02 pm

Ok the 18 now. Fly swatter at the ready. :x

Wow, this smells sweeter, almost a winey nose. It's lighter and more subtle but its really nice. the notes of the previous drams are there but this time nothing is leaping out and grabbing me, its all really well balanced.

Palate: This is terrific. Huge spice, but its under total control. The delivery is sensational. I love this.

Finish: Well if I thought it had peaked I was wrong. The finish is truly wonderful, teasing the tastebuds for what seems like many minutes, reaching parts other drams don't reach.

I love it. I do agree with the suggestion of consistency of flavours throughout the range, but how they are delivered changes from dram to dram and this 18yo has to be tried to be believed. I haven't tried an Abunadh yet tonight, but I think I would buy the 18 first. Simply brilliant.

Thanks for the samples Ian. :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:02 pm

Bye SM maybe see you later.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:05 pm

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

Glass: Glencairn
Nose: strong oranges and lemons of this for me, followed by malt and sweetness
Palate: big burst of sugared orange candy and nuts and caramel notes
Finish: spiced tea that lasts
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:06 pm

Note for the brits:

TWE has the 18yo for £49.99

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-7620.aspx
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:06 pm

Good night SM.

Moving along to Batch 16....
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:06 pm

Cheers SM, have a good night.
Willie, I agree, the flavours are presently with a different emphasis from age to age. The 18 is a revelation. Batch 23 is brilliant too.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:07 pm

Willie,

Thanks for posting that, I had a feeling it could be found in the UK, just not sure where.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:12 pm

Batch 16, 59.6

N: spicey-wood, oranges, caramel, dried herbs
P: cinnamon caramel cooking on the stove, herbal
F: long, loads of cinnamon
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:12 pm

If you live anywhere near Huntly (as so many of us don't), then Single Malts Direct has it for £53.99, but you can save the post.

http://www.singlemaltsdirect.com/shop.php?action=full&id=1187
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby lohssanami » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:13 pm

Great notes from you all. Sorry I can't join you, but I'm not feeling too well today. No whisky for me...at least not yet.

Have a great time with the tasting!
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:14 pm

Having the 18 too. Taste rum with tobacco in the back of the mouth.
Every sniff is getting better... much better.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:14 pm

Water with the 16. Very nice. Exactly what it was before but much smoother across the palate.

Batch 16 used to be my least favorite but it's been open for awhile and really changed character.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:15 pm

Thinking of opening a special... any thoughts???

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:16 pm

lohssanami wrote:Great notes from you all. Sorry I can't join you, but I'm not feeling too well today. No whisky for me...at least not yet.

Have a great time with the tasting!


but Lohss, it's the water of life. Better than medicine. :lol:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:17 pm

Now its A'bunadh time.

Steve you're right about #23. Much better than #22, but not quite as good as #20. #21 never seemed to reach our shores, but I have a sample here courtesy of Ryguy so here goes.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:18 pm

Mikey that's a nice older one, but have you got a new equivalent for comparison?
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