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Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:18 pm

TreacleSponge wrote: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? :)



Brunching. :smoke:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

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

Ooh Mr.C57, that 18 sounds good!
Matt wouldn't let me have any samples so all I've got is this 10yo :(



j/k I forgot to ask for them till it was too late :headbang:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:20 pm

That's me back. Had a lovely glass of red wine with dinner and therefore had to get through a few oatcakes to get the palate (almost) back in kilter.

Aberlour 10
Glencairn glass (as always)
Nose - Sherry, touch of wood and spice (black pepper?), very easy (no nose prickle)
Taste - Spice, wood tannins, then creamy
Finish - Again spice, tingly, sherry at the end, touch of toffee, smoothness lingering at the end
Comment - Much improved on previous bottlings, I enjoyed this.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:20 pm

Adding water to Batch 10.

Hmm, nose didn't really change. The palate really works better now. Not as bitter and sour-still present but work much better with the other flavors.

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

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:21 pm

Hi everybody and welcome to the forums, Ian.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:23 pm

Ian, is the 18 going to be sent to the US market?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:24 pm

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

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:25 pm

Good evening everyone.
Starting with the 10 now.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:26 pm

Ganga wrote:Morning SM. :D


Just a hair after 3 pm here.

Have Batches 6, 7 and 8 lined up. All thanks to you! :thumbsup:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:27 pm

Ganga,

Not at the moment, it was mainly done for sale by Pernod in France only but a little has "creeped" out elsehwere. With the reaction we have had to date for the 18yo we would love to roll it out around the world.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:30 pm

This is going to be tougher than I thought. Just nosed 6-8 and there isn't a huge difference among them. This might be beyond me... Yikes.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:31 pm

Batch 11, 59.8

N: crisp oranges, sweet caramels, bitter chocolate, semi-dried herbs (mint-crushed)
P: dark chocolate, light caramel, herbs and spices
F: moderate, with some orangey toffee
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:32 pm

Aberlour 12

Nose - Sweet (like the Glenfiddich (GF) 21 or GF Toasted Oak 12), honey, touch of rubber, with a background spice and apples, mint, very nice
Taste - Apples, spice, honey, mint, wood tannins, dry bourbon character, yum yum
Finish - Spice, tingling, then when it cools some mint. Dry.
Comment - This is excellent, more weight than the 10. Both the 10 and 12 are showing much more age than I would expect.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:35 pm

Water to batch 11

In addition, the nose gains some maltiness. The palate is still rich but smoother, the finish shorter.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:36 pm

Woop, I've found a dribble of a'bunadh lurking at the back of the shelf, but first to the 10yo...

Aberlour 10yo

Aberlour
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Stewed apples, quite concentrated. A little minty at the end. Water sweetens the apples and is there a hint of play-doh? Ah no, it's gone but the mint has opened up.
It's a nice mouthfeel, quite smooth and creamy. No great suprises after the nose, and that's just fine. Golden syrup and sherried sweetness.
Spice peps it up nicely at the end.
Very clean and smooth and warming for such a readily available Speysider. I don't know why I've neglected this so much whenever I've been after a sherried dram.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:38 pm

Evening all. Late again. :roll:
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:39 pm

Having any beverage with us Ian?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:40 pm

Hey Willlie, just after noon here... getting started..

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:40 pm

Ian, another oddball Aberlour for you.

10 yo, 40%, 1993
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Trader Joe's
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:41 pm

A'bunadh 6

Nose: Huge toffee and caramel. Reminds me of a holiday cake. Also got a hint of vegetal elements once, but never came back...

Palate: Warm and full. A splash of water brings out some oranges but just a hint.

Finish: Long and too hot without water. Hint of caramel candy here too.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:41 pm

Hi Mikey,

Sipping away at a little measure of the 10yo. A great mix of classic fruity notes, spive, cream and vanilla.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:42 pm

Ganga,

Is the Trader Joe label just a west coast one or is it nationwide?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:44 pm

Aberlour 16

Nose - Apples, honey, mint, wood.
Taste - Wood spice, apple tart, mint
Finish - Hot, black pepper, dry
Comment - Unexpected hot finish. An interesting whisky.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:46 pm

Evening Willie
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:47 pm

Trader Joe's 10

Color: deep gold
Nose: heather, honey, fresh cut hay, light vanilla, menthol
Palate: straw, cut hay
Finish: short, lots of straw
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:49 pm

Not sure if there are any other notes on this. Starting off with:

ANTIQUE Very Fine Aged, for Duty Free sale, 43%

In a glencairn glass
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:50 pm

Evening Willie. Not late, just fashionable late :)

Ian, do you have a favourite Aberlour?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:51 pm

They seem to only distribute around the Southwest. Mikey has some more to say.


Ian Logan wrote:Ganga,

Is the Trader Joe label just a west coast one or is it nationwide?
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:52 pm

aberlour 10

Aberlour
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Mild sherried malts, vey nice how the sherry doesn't overwhelme, apple compote, some coffee, vanilla and hazelnuts.
a bit dry, minty
dry but it stays longer than expected.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:52 pm

Courtesy of PLOWED Tom

mikeymad wrote:Not sure if there are any other notes on this. Starting off with:

ANTIQUE Very Fine Aged, for Duty Free sale, 43%

In a glencairn glass
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:53 pm

Ian Logan wrote:Ganga,

Is the Trader Joe label just a west coast one or is it nationwide?


Trader Joes is on the East and West coast, but I don't know about there beverage distribution. I would think if they have a liquor license that they would carry it. They are pretty good about that.

(I should dig out my sample of this one)

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:53 pm

A'bunadh 7

Nose: More oranges than 6 and toffee again. Toffee becomes even more noticeable with water while the citrus doesn't pop out as much.

Palate: Wow, that's delicious! A tad less so with water, but we're splitting hairs.

Finish: Stlll too hot without water. Very long but can't get beyond the heat...
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:54 pm

Ok catch up time. Pouring the 10:

Nose: oranges, maybe a little grist

Palate: spicy wood influence, ginger

Finish: Long and drying

Aaaah! First dram of the day :D :D :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:55 pm

Trader Joe's 10 is starting to give me a little heather honey now (palate).
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:55 pm

Evidently there were to Aberlour 10s for Trader Joe's. Mikey, got the info?
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