Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

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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 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)

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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%
OB

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
0

38 Years Old
0
53.5%
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Single Malt
Speyside
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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 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 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%
OB

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 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 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 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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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:03 am

Ganga wrote: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.


I'll be in a real city over Christmas and will have opportunity to find more malts...I will look for the elder Bunnies. (wait, that sounds more like Easter)

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:19 am

OK...have switched from the gentle drams. Aberlour a'bunadh 57%...but with some of the roundness like the previous young Bunny.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:20 am

And the entire inside of my mouth starts to pucker... tongue included. Please tell me I'm not alone in this.

Alligator scales inside my mouth.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:26 am

The Aberlour a'bunadh is some tasty stuff... but I think it needs a wee bit more water.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby blawder » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:40 am

Ganga wrote:
blawder wrote:The Aberlour a'bunadh is some tasty stuff... but I think it needs a wee bit more water.

Which a'bunadh are you having? I don't recall one at 57%. The ones I have are all 59.5% and above (Batchs 6-18).


I misquoted: 59.7%, Batch 18.

Two percent, man...this is a very demanding forum! :headbang:

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:41 am

Ganga wrote:Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.


This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:58 am

Ganga wrote:
Danny wrote:
Ganga wrote:Danny,

Which Glenrothes 1979 are you having the wonderful opportunity to dram? My introduction to Glenrothes was a 1979 bottled in 1996.


This one was bottled in 1994 and a good vintage it is.

Bummer, I must have missed this one. Oh well.


Ganga, I am out by ten years :oops: it was bottled in 2004

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:21 am

Just finished an Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 13, and in the process finally emptied the bottle. Now I have an open Batch 18 to start working on.
Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:15 pm

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Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Peter, no we discussed the qualities of both, but we kind of lost touch there for a bit while we both moved.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Danny » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:24 pm

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Longmorn
15 Year
Carmelized nuts and fruits, vanilla oak
Canned peach heavy syrup, white pepper, vanilla and almond
Sweet fruits, a bit of pepper and long lingering semi-sweet chocolate
Still one of my favorites
Light Amber, almost a tinge of pink
88

0 Years Old
0
0%
-

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Glencairn
To continue on from last night

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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:36 am

Danny wrote:
Musky ol boy wrote:Danny, did I ever send you a Glen Rothes 89 or 92 sample? If so the 89 is far superior to the 92 IMHO. If not, we should talk. I've yet to open the 1973 (still too many opens) although I think I'm below 60 open again.
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Peter, no we discussed the qualities of both, but we kind of lost touch there for a bit while we both moved.

Then we will have to have a confab when I return from the desolate part of the north.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Whisky (21st December)

Postby Lawrence » Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:36 pm

I have a 38yo Glenfarclas OB single cask that I've had for a few years that really should be opened on Christmas day.....


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