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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby oldrip57 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:17 am

LOL. I'm primarily a bourbon drinker, but there is nothing like the A'Bunadh batching in American whiskey (the closest is the annual Evan Williams single-barrel vintage releases, I think). I have Batches 8 and 16 open, and 9 and 14 on the shelf. I'm tempted to buy each as I find it or it comes available here, and try them all.
Of course, then I'll repair to my garret and pour a splash of some non-descript, but nonetheless exceptionally unappreciated, bourbon along the lines of Very Old Heaven Hill 10yo Bottled In Bond (available only in Kentucky for $12 or so), and ponder why any of this matters...
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby lohssanami » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:19 am

Hey oldrip57!

Maybe you could give me your opinion on Corner Creek. I've only tasted a few bourbons, and I'm still learning how to actually appreciate alcohol. Since you know alot of these, maybe you could give me your opinion.

I really like the way it smells, but it seems to drop off after that. You?

Oh...and to stay on forum topic, A'bunadh Silver is on Ebay.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Lawrence » Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:01 am

lohssanami wrote:Oh...and to stay on forum topic, A'bunadh Silver is on Ebay.


He's being trying to sell that bottle forever, he's just now switched from GBP to US$,,,,,,,,,,,,

Lawrence

(I have two of the silver label)
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby oldrip57 » Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:53 am

lohssanami wrote:...Maybe you could give me your opinion on Corner Creek...


Well, frankly, I wouldn't cut my teeth on Corner Creek. It's from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers' (the Kulsveens') warehouses, bottled for an outfit in Florida. The best I could say for it is it's non-descript. I can say worse, if pressed.
As for the label copy, the general consensus is that the copywriter probably didn't know what the hell he/she was talking about, and thus it sounds like it's a four-grain. On the other hand, it's possible it's a 'marriage' of already-distilled wheated and rye recipes, but I doubt it. In any case, 'muddied' is an appropriate term, I think.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby lohssanami » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:52 am

oldrip57 wrote:Well, frankly, I wouldn't cut my teeth on Corner Creek...'muddied' is an appropriate term, I think.


Good...then I have no where to go but up with bourbons. Thanks for honest opinion.

Lawrence wrote:He's being trying to sell that bottle forever, he's just now switched from GBP to US$,,,,,,,,,,,,


When did the silver first get released? Have you tasted it yet?
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Lawrence » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:01 am

[quote="lohssanami When did the silver first get released? [/quote]

The silver label was released for the millenium.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:32 am

I recently tried some Batch 20 and it was exceptionally good!

In the past I based all my opinions on an earlier batch which I tried in another Munich bar. I don't know which batch it was, but it was a massive disappointment, lacking that oooomph and it seemed very weak and watery.

I have now reversed my opinion and am a fan of this super whisky.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:59 pm

Indeed, MT, and if you read my earlier post, you will understand why, for me, tho' batch 14 was memorable, there's really only been a gnat's hair of a difference in any of the batches I've tried. the first was my neighbour's 13. Great! Made me want one for meself. I got a 14. Loved it. I've since had 15-17...took a break, as one sometimes does(too much of a good thing, etc.)

Jumped back in with the 20. Damn fine! Saturday night I did my A/B with the 20 v. the new 22, which according to willie has a sulphur note. Damned if i could find it!

Definite nuances between the two, but no more than nuances.

This whisky is simply great fun.

come to think of it, i tried the 19 twice in a pub i play, BION!! that too was great, with, as i recall an accented "cherry linctus" note.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby laddie teun » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:23 pm

Next week we'll finaly know which batch is teh best
During the Speyside festival alex and I will be hosting a tasting with all batches (including the sterling Silver one) up to 23
we had prefered doing this in one long session. But that didn't really comply with responsibly dirnking in the UK.....
so now it's for sessions over two days
May 7th and 8th in the Craigellachie hotel
For those interested please check the Spirit of Speyside website
http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/events. ... 2009-05-07
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Lawrence » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:42 pm

I'll wager the Sterling Silver and Batch 14 do exceedingly well.

A grand idea byt the way, I wish I could join you.

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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby slojo » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:37 pm

laddie teun wrote:Next week we'll finaly know which batch is teh best
During the Speyside festival alex and I will be hosting a tasting with all batches (including the sterling Silver one) up to 23
we had prefered doing this in one long session. But that didn't really comply with responsibly dirnking in the UK.....
so now it's for sessions over two days
May 7th and 8th in the Craigellachie hotel
For those interested please check the Spirit of Speyside website
http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/events. ... 2009-05-07


It would be interesting to see the results of a blind tasting of all batches
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Re: Best A'bunadh Batch

Postby laddie teun » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:53 pm

we're planning to do something like that later this year
and than with all batches in one (long) session
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby laddie teun » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:56 pm

Lawrence wrote:I'll wager the Sterling Silver and Batch 14 do exceedingly well.

A grand idea byt the way, I wish I could join you.

Lawrence


The Sterling Silver is more something of a bonus really
great whisky!

Migth be tough joining form canada
we're considering the idea of perhaps offering some of the left overs as samples
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby lincoln imp » Sat May 09, 2009 1:29 pm

Batch 19 is the best i`ve tried so far :thumbsup:
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Klas » Sat May 09, 2009 7:06 pm

I feel in love in batch 12 (60% from 2004) and have not rated any batch higher since then. :thumbsup:

But on the other hand I have missed out on both the 14 and 20, which seem to be the favourites for many.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun May 10, 2009 10:03 am

Collector57 wrote:Better than the 14 and 20 Greg? :shock:


They're my favourites so far too Nick...tho' i only came n at 13, and missed 15, 17-18. I was given a dram of 19 in a pub after a gig, and I remember it as having "something special" (tho' it could have bin psychological- the surprise at finding Abunadh in a pub...coupled with being offerd a freebie by the lamdlord!)
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby lincoln imp » Sun May 10, 2009 11:05 am

Collector57 wrote:Better than the 14 and 20 Greg? :shock:

Nick to be honest i have not had either of those, am i missing out :thumbsup:
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby SoMK » Sun May 10, 2009 3:09 pm

I like the cofeeish batch 19 but no way I'd prefer it to the 14. Still my fav ! *soft spot for the very chocolaty 17 though..*
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun May 31, 2009 4:17 pm

Anyone tried B25? It's currently on sale at Waitrose for a smidge under £25.

Looks good, but at the moment such a purchase is almost like an investment, and the cynic in me says "£25? Off season?? MUST be a bad batch!"

Opinions anyone?
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby borgom » Sun May 31, 2009 6:54 pm

Sorry Regga, I haven't tried #25 but i've got a #24 open and it doesn't seem anywhere near as good as previous batches. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:25 am

borgom wrote:Sorry Regga, I haven't tried #25 but i've got a #24 open and it doesn't seem anywhere near as good as previous batches. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.


Hmmm. Thanks for replying. I remember 20 fondly, but found the next I tried. think it was 22, very much more winey. Less rounded.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby borgom » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:42 am

It's a bit the same with the 24. It seems much younger, a little thin and flat and more spirity. It's also missing the lovely thick spicy sherry character and the balancing chocolate and hint of smoke.
I'm hoping it will improve with some time open because i'm struggling to enjoy it at the moment.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby SoMK » Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:56 pm

I had the same misfortune with the 21 when I opened it, it seemed spirity, high on oranges but not much more but it greatly improved over time ... Any news about the 26 ?
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:02 pm

borgom wrote:It's a bit the same with the 24. It seems much younger, a little thin and flat and more spirity. It's also missing the lovely thick spicy sherry character and the balancing chocolate and hint of smoke... I'm hoping it will improve with some time open because i'm struggling to enjoy it at the moment.

I've had similar experiences with Batch Nos. 10 and (especially) 11, particularly the latter, which seemed a little schizophrenic (unknit) upon first opening. However, both did improve noticeably with time.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby dramtastic » Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:38 am

Batch 20 so far. There's plenty of #20 and #23 floating around in Australia, both of which seem to be popular.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:13 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Batch of 23 is the best batch that I have had... Some nice whiney notes, caramel, fudge and cherry.

I'm thinking I may just need to grab some more of this one then, Sean. :wink:
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby anationonfire » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:49 am

I can't say I am an expert with these batches but # 15 is killer!
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby borgom » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:43 am

anationonfire wrote:I can't say I am an expert with these batches but # 15 is killer!

Yeah, I loved my bottle of batch 15 too.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby slojo » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:40 am

That's funny, I was just going to post how much I enjoyed Batch 15.

Great minds...
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby desouza » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:12 pm

I tasted several of the batches and concluded that Batch 6 was the "one to beat". Close finishers were Batch 14, 15 and 17.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby anationonfire » Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:51 am

I tasted several of the batches and concluded that Batch 6 was the "one to beat"


Mr. Old School over here!! :wink:
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby scotchdrinker » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:47 pm

I can't really say what my favorite batch is because I have only had Batch 21 but I did think that was really good.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:10 pm

desouza wrote:I tasted several of the batches and concluded that Batch 6 was the "one to beat".

A simply fabulous edition, no doubt. I still have approximately a ¼-bottle's worth of this one sequestered in a smaller container, and periodically 'revisit' it to remind myself of just how truly excellent the Batch No.6 is.
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby desouza » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:56 pm

Greetings - Anationonfire and The Third Dram!


Just after the "discovery" myself and other members of our society(Single Malt Whisky Society, LLC - Dallas, TX)
"scoured the ends of the earth" for the Batch 6. Our labor was well rewarded - we netted over a CASE! My current inventory is reduced to about 3 bottles. My biggest problem is that after pouring ,"it evaporates right under my nose"! :wink:

Slainte!
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Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

Postby borgom » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:48 am

Has anyone tried batch 25 yet?
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