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Aberlour 15

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:51 pm

Who's had this recently?

I've just cracked it open and it rather good.

Loads of obvious sherry sweetness, cake icing, and fruity notes so far.

That's what a 3-0 win will do for you. :wink:
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Postby andrewfenton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:12 am

Can't go wrong with an Aberlour :-)


ps shame there wasn't a similar performance at the weekend :-(
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:37 am

I had a 15 recently but only bottled for the French market. I have a bottle of the regular 15 coming and it should arrive any day now.

I like Aberlour a lot.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:28 pm

I've been to many whisky festivals and it's usually the 10 year old or the A'bunadh that turns up.

This one is very underrated. I got it in Sainsbury's so maybe it will be more widely available soon.
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Postby patrick dicaprio » Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:57 pm

if you like sweet whiskies this is a very good one. this used to be one of my favorites when i was into sweeter whiskies, but now i have gone away from them.

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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:16 pm

patrick dicaprio wrote:if you like sweet whiskies this is a very good one. this used to be one of my favorites when i was into sweeter whiskies, but now i have gone away from them.

Pat


That leaves all the more for me! 8)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:13 pm

It caught me a little by surprise. I think I was expecting more than I got (too much A'bunadh in my life!)
It's been a week or so now so will have another dram or two at the weekend.
Good stuff though - just different :?
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Postby lambda » Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:37 pm

I just had the Aberlour 15 double cask matured. I'm not sure how different is it to the normal Aberlour 15 (which is Sherry finished AFAIK), but at least this double cask is a very enjoyable whisky. Not too complex but very drinkable.
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Postby jimidrammer » Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:16 pm

I have mixed feelings about the Aberlour 15. From a cost perspective the 10 at half the price or the A'bunadh at the same price really leaves the 15 in an unique position of being lost in the middle in character. The extra five years over the 10 OB didn't seem to add too much to the profile and the lower abv took away the kick of the A'bunadh. I would really like to try a much older Aberlour to see how the sherry mellows, but can't seem to find a 21 or others.
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Postby Dan G » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:04 pm

jimidrammer wrote:From a cost perspective the 10 at half the price or the A'bunadh at the same price really leaves the 15 in an unique position of being lost in the middle in character. The extra five years over the 10 OB didn't seem to add too much to the profile and the lower abv took away the kick of the A'bunadh.
Just curious - what is the age range for A'bunadh? I assume that, because it doesn't state it on the bottle, that it is a vatting of various vintages. But does anyone have a breakdown of what's the oldest, the newest, the percentages, etc?
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:09 pm

jimidrammer wrote:I have mixed feelings about the Aberlour 15. From a cost perspective the 10 at half the price or the A'bunadh at the same price really leaves the 15 in an unique position of being lost in the middle in character.


Here, in Britain, the 10 year old is £20, the 15 year old is £25 and the A'bunadh is about £35.

How much are they over in America?

BTW, the 10 is often on special offer here, at about £15. I also think the 15 is a quantum leap away from the 10.
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Postby andrewfenton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:25 pm

For anyone bothered, Aberlour 15 is half-price at the moment in Sainsburys (£12.50)

ps so is Bowmore Darkest.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:33 pm

andrewfenton wrote:For anyone bothered, Aberlour 15 is half-price at the moment in Sainsburys (£12.50)

ps so is Bowmore Darkest.


The words 'Yee' and 'ha!!!' come to mind :D
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Postby jimidrammer » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:49 pm

The Aberlour 10 runs $30US, the 15, sometimes hard to find at $49 to $55US, and the A'bunadh $58 to $63US. If you figure in the ABV "Bang for your buck" the A'bunadh is a bargain.:wink:

The A'bunadh batch 11, 12, 13 all good, the 12 being the best, but seem to be going up in price, The 14 has just shown up, but I haven't tried it, yet.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 13, 2005 11:14 pm

jimidrammer wrote:The Aberlour 10 runs $30US, the 15, sometimes hard to find at $49 to $55US, and the A'bunadh $58 to $63US. If you figure in the ABV "Bang for your buck" the A'bunadh is a bargain.:wink:
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I find that the A'bunadh's I've had, didn't really change with water and some were great and others sharp and prickly, as if a hedgehog had been in the cask. I believe that the A'bunadh is also quite young, 7 or 8 years old.

Still, if you don't drink the 15, it leaves all the more for me. 8) The 15 year old isn't especially widely available here, either.

Allowing for the exchange rate, the prices are about the same as they are in Britain.
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:08 am

On the left coast of Canada (that's the side furthest way from the UK) Aberlour 10 is C$41.95 and the a'bunadh is C$74.95 and we have NOTHING else in the whole country. The 15 was supposed to be introduced late last year but no luck.

If you want anything else you have to go get it or ask (bribe) somebody to bring it home for you.

I've been quite successful at both, happily. 8)
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Postby Admiral » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:28 am

Aberlour doesn't seem to turn up much amongst the independents, does it? I wonder why?

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Postby Lawrence » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:37 am

I think there a little "Laphroaig" like in keeping track of their whisky, I've had a bottle from Cadenheads and one from the SMWS but that's it.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:49 am

lambda wrote:I just had the Aberlour 15 double cask matured. I'm not sure how different is it to the normal Aberlour 15 (which is Sherry finished AFAIK), but at least this double cask is a very enjoyable whisky. Not too complex but very drinkable.


I checked my notes. It's 16 year old, I had it at Whisky Live in 2004. It tasted of licorice. It's also aimed at the duty free market.
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