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Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Matt2 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:20 pm

Welcome to the 'Favourite Christmas Whisky' live tasting.

The Whiskies

  • Any of your Christmas favourites

Date and Time

  • Friday 21st December 7:00pm GMT till late

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.

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.

You can follow the tastings on this page or click this link to open our live tastings page.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have.

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Start time - 7:00pm GMT (or when you get here...)
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Di Blasi » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:54 pm

Looks great Matt, thanks for the setup. I'm here, not leaving town til tomorrow after all so maybe I'll check back in later this evening. If I don't get the chance to do so, hope you all enjoy yourselves!!
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby mattbuty » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:06 pm

I hate that I am always going out when these sessions are on. hey ho. I will be drinking Bladnoch, Dalmore 12 and Cragganmore tonight, so maybe I add my thoughts at the end...
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Di Blasi » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:42 pm

Let's kick start this thing, now it's 8.32pm in my zone, so "it's on" since 32 minutes ago GMT. What's your first guess of what's in my glass folks?? What has put me here this evening?? Yes, you got it! ARDBEG TEN! My first!! :o
Not my last, there'll be more, we'll check back later and see, but gotta head out and do a few things first. Enjoy your whisky!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:45 pm

Just got back from doing the Christmas shop at Morrisons (picked up a 10yo Glenmo for £15.99 , IWRNT........) .
Came back and saw this , thought i know the exact dram to kick off with.......

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Adelphi
Glen Grant
Heavy oloroso with that wonderful Christmas cake spices,dried fruit smell .
Very dry , liquid Christmas cake over the palate .Spices , Glace cherries , cake mix . Wonderful !
Very long and very sherried !
From Cask No.1036 . The ideal Xmas Dram , Probably the finest bottle recommended by Andy from Loch Fyne whisky .
Deep Mahogany
0

31 Years Old
1970
55.4%
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Single Malt
Speyside
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:53 pm

I don't know about anyone else but i always associate Christmas Drams with heavily sherried expressions .
And oh boy is this one heavily Sherried !
The Legs in the glass are amazing as well , must be really oily , the mouthfeel is huge .
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:05 pm

Well, good to see the good folks out this morning having a dram. :D Hey, it's not even time for me to go out for dinner/lunch yet.

Ooh, Dalmore. Good suggestion as I just bought several bottles. Maybe a little Macallan CS to go along too.

When I think of Christmas drams, I think in terms of spicey flavors especially cinnamon. I guess that corresponds to sherry casked whisky. Macallan, Springbank, Dalmore, Highland Park, Glenfarclas all come to mind.

I'll check back in later this afternoon to see how all of you are doing (with intentions of dramming in the evening here).
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:24 pm

Y'know, I was going to go have a nap after the last Christmas party but I really should have a dram to take the edge off.... (sound of Musky heading downstairs to the Lair)...
A Longmorn 15yo, courtesy of my good friend Danny out West.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:35 pm

Time for another one.......
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:36 pm

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:43 pm

Musky's First Christmas Dram (of many)

Longmorn
15 yo
Cereal, sherry, heather fragrance, a hint of citrus and nougat.
Like christmas pudding with a white brandy sauce. A hint of sherry and raisins and a hint of citrus.
Warming and fiery, searing the tongue and then hanging on with a long dry sweetness.
This has been far too long away from my collection and is a wonderful dram to celebrate the Joyous season with.
Tawny gold
91

15 Years Old
0
0%
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Single Malt
Speyside (Elgin)
None
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Acquired from Alberta courtesy of Danny

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:44 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:Hmmmm ......
Whats up with this ?

SOI, the same thing happened to me the first time I tried to use the updated BBCodes. This time, I filled in every field and it seemed to work.
Slante!
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:48 pm

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society
7.36 ( Longmorn)
Cinnamon , Spices , Tobacco , Mint Humbugs
Again Mint humbugs , Menthol Cigarettes , Christmas cake mix (Spices , Dried Fruits) .
Long , Sherried and dry
Another one with the "Liquid Christmas Cake " taste . A cracking Dram .
Bright Mahogany
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38 Years Old
0
53.5%
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Single Malt
Speyside
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:01 am

Boy, you guys are making me thirsty. :( But you are inspiring me. :D

I'm thinking a Springbank might be in order tonight. :smoke:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby hiccy » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:21 am

hmm
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Di Blasi » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:02 am

Not gonna have a whisky, had an Ardbeg Ten hours ago, but with these Longmorns flying around, I gotta get myself a bottle of the 15y before it sells out. Though I do have a Berry Bros and Rudd downstairs from 1992 distillate I believe. I should probably open that one of these days.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:07 am

Don't know if its the Christmas thing or if it was the mention of the magnificent Sazerac 18 over on another thread, but I have pulled out the Stagg 129 proof and tonight I am loving it. Yum Yum Yum.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:08 am

Just starting here it is 5 to 6 in Calgary and the traffic is wild tonight.

As with most whisky evenings I am not sure what my favorite Christmas whisky is so I will have to experiment.

I will probably start with a 12 year Macallan and end up with a Aberlour a'bunadh # 14. See what happens in between.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Di Blasi » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:18 am

Willie JJ wrote:Don't know if its the Christmas thing or if it was the mention of the magnificent Sazerac 18 over on another thread, but I have pulled out the Stagg 129 proof and tonight I am loving it. Yum Yum Yum.


That's the Stagg I've been drinking this week, opened it Sunday night, so damn good it's crazy!! I'm really enjoying it, so much going on, so complex, takes water well, luckily! Enjoy it Willie JJ!!
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:02 am

I'm here. Let the bells ring out. :lol: I'm gonna start off with the Macallan 12 and see where that goes. Of course, the Mac 12 will be :dead: at the end.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:19 am

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The Macallan
12 Year Sherry Cask
Orange Brandy, fruit cake, toffee, sherry
Marmalade, cloves, sherried
Medium, cloves, sweet
Can not use much water to elease this.
Golden Honey
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Single Malt
Speyside
Just a drop
None
Glencairn
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:21 am

Ganga where did you go?
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:22 am

Christmas Spirit #1A

Macallan
Newer style bottling circa summer 2007
Caramel with nuts, peanut brittle (a nice Christmassy thing), oranges and some other citrus.
cooked apples, caramel,spicey-cinnamon, hints of sulphur and toasted oak
Strong caramel candy with a little bit of leatheriness as the whisky begins to tail off. This has a wonderfully long finish.
If you want a refined sherry cask whisky, this is the one to get. The flavors are well integrated and balanced.
Golden amber
82

12 Years Old
NA
43%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
None
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Sherry Casks

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:23 am

Danny wrote:Ganga where did you go?


Into my glass. :shock:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:32 am

Christmas Spirit #1B

Macallan
Newer style bottling circa summer 2007
Much more malty in this glass and the caramel isn't nearly as apparent. Nuttiness is still strong. Orangey underlying everything else.
Orange chocolate, cooked red apples, some nuttiness mixed with a little more of the hard carmel candies. There just a touch of that sulphur sitting in the back of the palate.
The oranginess seems to be lingering from this glass. Hmm.
Very tasty. I think I like the presentation out of this glass just a little more.
Golden amber
83

12 Years Old
NA
43%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
None
None
Sm Brandy Glass
Sherry Casks

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:37 am

It's a :) and :( moment. The beverage is just one of those marvelous things for around $40 but it's gone now...ok, until I can go get a replacement.

Onto a sherry cask Highland Park.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:41 am

Ganga wrote:
Danny wrote:Ganga where did you go?


Into my glass. :shock:


Glad someone is hard at work. :thumbsup:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:46 am

Ganga,

Seems to get a little better with every sip...
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:47 am

Danny wrote:Glad someone is hard at work. :thumbsup:


Animal House has a great line about this that I can't quite remember but will give it our best interpretation. "You've got to stop thinking of it as work and enjoy yourself." :wink:
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:48 am

If I had reversed the HP and the Macallan I probably really would have enjoyed the Macallan. The HP I have is a heavily sherried monster.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:51 am

Just finished the last of a Bunnahabhain 12. Had my first Auchentoshen Select last night. These gentle drams are a great addition to the heavy hitters like Lagavulin.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:52 am

Christmas Spirit #2A

Highland Park
Hi-Time Wine Cellars Single Cask
Soft caramel chews, mild citruses, a little bit of nuts and cereals. A touch of water balances out these aromas and the citrus becomes more of an orange.
Lots of caramels with oiliness, nuts, some rubbery notes and cinnamon in there too. A hing of anise comes out with the addition of some water. Also the maltiness starts to come out.
Citrus flavors as it trails off back into caramel. Moderately long...a little shorter with the addition of water.
The flavors are not as well integrated as the Macallan but still this is a very good beverage. This beverage doesn't need water but it can take it.
Copper penny tone
77

15 Years Old
1990
52.7%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Highland
No and Yes
None
Sm Brandy Glass
1990-06, Cask10140

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:54 am

blawder wrote:Just finished the last of a Bunnahabhain 12. Had my first Auchentoshen Select last night. These gentle drams are a great addition to the heavy hitters like Lagavulin.


I need to go back and try the new Bunny 12. I haven't had it in years. I recently had the opportunity to sample the 18 and 25 and these were both very, very good. If you like the 12 do yourself a favor and find a place where you can try these two...or at least by a bottle of the 18.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:57 am

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The Glenrothes
1979
Vanilla, oranges, stewed fruits
Toffee orange, cloves, nuts, chocolate
Medium long, orange chocolate and a bit of spices.
This is a pretty awesome whisky
Carmel
0

0 Years Old
0
43%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
-
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-
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