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Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:43 am

Aberlour NAS ( 60.5%, a'bunadh batch #20 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: A very powerful nose, lots of toffee and also a whiff of wood smoke.
Palate: Very smooth and tasty, with a mix of raisins and more dried fruits.
Finish: A nice long finish with some spices lingering. A bit peppery towards the very end, also some wood.

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

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:44 am

I did like the 21, I will be moving onto another import sample (batch 20) this one from Nick (C57) many thanks.

Ryguy is on it already

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:47 am

Aberlour 16 Double Cask Matured

Aberlour
16 Double Cask Matured
Wood and a little peat. Some vanilla. Marzipan. Oranges and lemon. Hints of marmalade and white chocolate. Chewing-gum mint. Faint suggestion of strawberry Campino sweets.
A little fizzy. Slightly earthy. Sweet, creamy and quite winy, with those Campino sweets showing again. A little marzipan.
Slightly fizzy again, but short and quite flat at first. Becomes quite sherried, with mint and citrus coming through after a few seconds.
Another dangerously-drinkable Aberlour!
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:57 am

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

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Not as spicy as some others. Good - yet very different. I'm getting a whiff of some smoke that reminds me of an old pipe my Grandfather used to use.
Palate: Very sweet, with wine notes, very dry and thin compared to other batches.
Finish: Fairly short finish, almost dirty, the pipe is back..hmmm.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:08 am

Moving along rather quickly to my last sample of the a'bunadh.

Aberlour NAS ( 60.2%, a'bunadh batch #23 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Lots of baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Palate: Very fruity & somewhat dry. A little bit of orange peels noted too.
Finish: Long with a nice and sweet, yet spicy finish.
Thank you to Willie for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:17 am

Aberlour NAS (60.5%, Original Bottling, a'bunadh batch 20 (import))

Glass: Glencairn
Nose: caramel and hard candy, apples, and light pepper
Palate: Dry mouth feel, nice and spicy and pepper, with a little smoke, and fruit
Finish: medium finish with pepper and spice lingering.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:02 am

I posted some notes on Batch 9 over here:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:03 am

Oh yes, and don't forget to vote for next month. It's tight for date and distillery.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:28 am

Very interesting at this point. I poured batch 11 into the large brandy.

Nose has a maltiness that I don't notice in other batches. Palate is winey. Still has that a'bunadh caramel/toffee/marizpan.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:01 pm

First to arrive on a bright Saturday...morning. 8) I need to get started with all the a'bunadhs sitting here. First up will be batch 6. I'll be using a glencairn glass. Maybe switch to something different later.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:05 pm

Good evening folks, I will be in tonight after dinner. I have my samples lined up - thanks Matt for the 10, 12, 16 and 18. I have also been into The Grill pub in Aberdeen and picked up a sample of the 15 and A'bunadh Batch 23.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:11 pm

a'bunadh Batch 6

Aberlour
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overripe oranges, spices & herbs-cloves and basil?, toffee-slowly simmering
toffee, spicey, oranges and stewed apples
Long, lingering spiced-stewed apples
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:12 pm

heheh I like the way you keep trying ganga..... (cross fingers) :-)

I am here, I wont be dramming for a while.

I think that we hurt Stuart last night (TheTross) I hope he will join in later.

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

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:14 pm

Morning DFI. :shock: I'll look for you later.

More problems with the tasting notes. :evil:

a'bunadh Batch 6, 59.9
N: Overripe oranges, spices & herbs-cloves and basil?, toffee-slowly simmering
P: Toffee, spicey, oranges and stewed apples
F: Long, lingering spiced-stewed apples
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:20 pm

Morning Nick, er C57. :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:25 pm

Addition of water brings richer fruits and toffees to the nose. Strong stewed apples on the palate.

Rating: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:31 pm

Good Morning/Afternoon or Evening, wherever you are.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:32 pm

I wouldn't say you hurt me last night as such Mikeymad, but I didn't get to bed until about 9am. It was also the second time I've been awake for more than 24 hours since Thursday, so I was a little bit tired... :shock:

Not joining in the tasting again just yet, as I have to remain sober and upstanding enough to read maps to get to and from a road rally I'm watching with a mate. Hopefully it won't be an all-nighter for us though, so I may participate later on with the US folk and any insomniacs from other parts of the world in the early hours, but I can't guarantee anything.


And what's with the ultra-wide page??
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:36 pm

a'bunadh 7, 59.9

N: concentrated. hard to pick out things. stewed berries, bits of nuts, some toffees
P: wow, nutty toffee, oranges, red apples, spices
F: long with lots of cinnamon
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:38 pm

Morning Stu. :D Yeah I went to bed a little earlier than you but I did get up before 7 am.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:40 pm

Addition of water mutes the flavors and aromas and shortens to finish.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:51 pm

Moving right along, a'bunadh Batch 8, 60.2

N: chopped hazelnuts, caramels, oranges
P: hazelnut toffee, oranges, lots of spices
F: long, christmas cider
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:52 pm

Its good to know so many recieved their samples on time, looking forward to thoughts on the 18yo.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:55 pm

Welcome Ian,

I will have to post my notes of the 18 at a later time. They did not make it to the US in time. But many thanks.

I might open a special one later.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:56 pm

Some water now.
(batch 8)
Nose is much more herbal (dried herbs). Spices and herbs are more defined on the palate. Rich caramel on the palate. Lingering spices in the finish.

This is a magic batch. It is fine without water but takes it quite handily.

Rating: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:57 pm

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

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 pm

I forgot to rate batch 7. :o

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 pm

Evening all. And morning to those for whom it isn't evening :) And hi Ian, how are you?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:04 pm

Batch 9, 60.0

Had this one last night.

N: spiced tangerines, chopped nuts mixed in caramel
P: orange caramel, light spices and herbs
F: shorter, with caramel and cinnamon
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:05 pm

Morning Ms. Treacle. :)
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:09 pm

Adding water to Naughty Number 9

Nose, not really affected. Wait, a little mintiness now. The palate now has more of an orange compote to it. Finishes long with lots of toffee.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:10 pm

Treaclesponge,

Good thank you and looking forward to whats ahead. Aberlour is where my love of malt started, way before we bought Seagrams and The Glenlivet in 2001 so has a special place for me.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:10 pm

#9

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:15 pm

Just having a little look at what's been occurring so far, while I pour a 10yo.

Mr.Ganga, are you breakfasting on A'bunadhs? :)
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:17 pm

Batch 10, 59.8

N: chocolate and caramel, oranges, maybe some sliced red apples
P: little sour-crab apples, caramel, bitters
F: long with plenty of cinnamon and caramel
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