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Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

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Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby talisker10 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:57 pm

Catching up on some tasting I have had recently. On the way back from Antarctica in early January I spent a couple of nights in Christchurch at the Sudima Airport Hotel. They have a great bar with some good local brews but also have Laphroaig 10, Aberlour 10, and Glenmorangie 10. Of course I availed myself of the Laph one night, but also had the other two the next night. I was not impressed by either. Both the Aberlour 10 and the Glenmorangie 10 seemed flat, and dull. I made sure I did not have the Laph on the same night since most would seem dull compared to it. Frankly I would have preferred Glenlivet 12 to either one (heresy I am sure to many..but that's the way it seemed to me).

Last night I had a few more bucks to spend and was running out of McClelland's Islay so I splurged and bought Balvenie 10 yr Founder's Reserve. Wow! Great whisky. I realize it is a Speyside but it has a Highland character to me. I found it rich and a little sweet, but with wonderful orangey, gingery notes and just a hint of smoke. It's too bad that the Founders Reserve has been retired (per Balvenie's website). It's easy for me to only concentrate on the Islay and Island whiskies, but Balvenie will certainly be in the mix from now on.
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby shulaw05 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:50 pm

balvenie is one of my favorite distilleries - several good bottles that aren't too much $, and they offer a wide variety that suits my palate. i prefer honeyed/sweet/fuity whiskies and balevine satisfies my craving - you should try the new 12 year (signature) or the 15 yr single barrell
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:16 pm

talisker10 wrote:Both the Aberlour 10 and the Glenmorangie 10 seemed flat, and dull.

Certainly not typical of either in my experience. The Aberlour should display a nice minty freshness to counterpoint the more Sherry-driven fruitiness. And the Glenmorangie should show a persistent spiciness alongside subtle hints of coastal influences.

"Dull" leads me to believe that the contents were a little 'tired', or else that those particular bottles were not up to scratch.

You DO owe it to yourself to try and find some Balvenie Single Barrel, though.
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby t-bone » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:06 am

talisker10 , the Balvenie FR was my first single malt and I'm sad to see it removed the Balvenie's range as well. Thankfully, there's loads of the stuff available where I live - and I've stocked up!

I will also recommend the Balvenie 15 Single Barrel. I found it to be similar to the FR but with much more bold flavors. It quickly became my favorite malt.
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby dramtastic » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:34 am

talisker10 wrote:Both the Aberlour 10 and the Glenmorangie 10 seemed flat, and dull.



Not my experience either. I enjoy both and almost always have a bottle of Aberlour 10 on hand. I think Glenlivet 12 is underrated(by some) but would still put the Aberlour and Glenmorangie slightly ahead.

I'm a Balvenie fan as well and also recommend the Single Barrel.
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby talisker10 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:27 pm

It is certainly possible that the Aberlour and Glenmorangie were old, although they were nearly full bottles. Next time I have a chance to try them at a bar I will.

I'll have to look for the Balvenie 15 Single Barrel!
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby dramtastic » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:08 am

Actually Tali 10 I wouldn't suggest that you'd find them any different in the future. I like them, you didn't.
Some whisky drinkers old and tired is anothers fresh and lively. Different strokes you know.
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby lincoln imp » Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:45 pm

All of these 3 would get my vote for no nonsense value whisky. Bang for your buck whisky as they say.
Glenmorangie 10 was a favourite session whisky of mine. The Founders reserve was smooth and the Aberlour was a must try for anyone venturing out on the sherry head trail so to speak. :)
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby vivbao » Tue May 26, 2009 1:09 pm

I've had the Glenmorangie 10 for two nights in a row and I have to say I am loving it.

Nose: Sweet, some hints of citrus and the vanilla is coming through tonight.

Palate: Some oak, hints of orange?

Finish: quite dry, can't place it at the moment but lingers nicely.

(One day my notes will get better :P )
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Re: Balvenie 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie 10

Postby RobMillenaar » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:52 am

With my very limited experience in Whisky so far, I have found The Balvenie 10 FR an excellent choice that I haven't regretted. The mouthfeel is great along with the other taste notes that previous posters noted. I must stock up before the're all gone...
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