Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

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Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Matt2 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:49 pm

Welcome to the Aberlour Live Forum Tasting.

The Whiskies

  • Aberlour 10 Years Old
  • Aberlour 12 Years Old
  • Aberlour 16 Years Old
  • Aberlour 18 Years Old
  • Any other Aberlours you may have...

Date and Time

  • Saturday 19th July 7:00pm GMT

Special guest
Ian Logan - Aberlour International Brand Ambassador

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Start time - 7:00pm GMT

About...
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. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

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.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby ResIpsa539 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:59 pm

I knew the possibility of free samples would bring LSD crawling back...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:08 am

As I'm unlikely to be around tomorrow, I'll kick things off now.

Aberlour 10

Aberlour
10
Sweet and candied (strawberry Campino sweets), with some soft sherry. Slightly spirity and mentholated. Baklavas and hints of Christmas cake. Very lightly herby and buttery. A little malty. Touches of honey, vanilla and chocolate custard.
Silky. Candied and sugary. Slightly 'green' and herbal. Some honey. Perhaps a suggestion of marzipan.
Long. Sherry, honey and a little eucalyptus. A little grassy. Soft again, but warming on the way down.
Have always liked this one for its direct approach, but it does lack complexity. Very drinkable though!
Full gold
0

10 Years Old
NA
40%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Bottled 2007

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:09 am

Cheers Tross, I'm with you!! :D :D

Starting with Aberlour 100

After this I have 9 other samples to taste. :D

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:30 am

Aberlour 100 NAS ( 57.1%, Official Bottling )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sweet and rich with bits of chocolate and vanilla
Palate: Full bodied and rich, starts peppery, then turns into dark chocolate and some vanilla.
Finish: A very nice finish, reminds me of a French vanilla coffee!

Thank you to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:35 am

Sound good Ryan!

Currently on the 12 Double Cask Matured.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:43 am

The 100 was a good one, very enjoyable!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

No samples yet from Matt, so those will have to wait for another day.
Now I'm onto the a'bunadh, starting with batch 10, and I'll climb the ladder from there.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:46 am

Aberlour 12 Double Cask Matured

Aberlour
12yo Double Cask Matured
Soft sherry. Sweet and lightly minted. Touches of Demerara sugar? Faint hints of peat? A slight pepperiness. Citrus fruit. Hints of fruit-fondant and coffee-flavoured confectionary. Chocolate. Grass-like notes and slightly perfumed.
Very soft and creamy. A sherried sweetness. Slightly earthy. A little vanilla and citrus.
Minty and a little earthy, along with some drying citrus fruit. Becomes more fragrant after a few seconds, but the mint lingers, almost like you've eaten some Kendal mint cake/Clarnico mints!
A little thin and watery at times, but very pleasant and makes for easy drinking.
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12 Years Old
NA
43%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Bottled 2006

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:49 am

Evening Ganga!

Straight onto the a'bunadhs? Nowt like easing yourself into a tasting is there? :P

The 15yo Sherry Wood Finish is next for me.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:54 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.8%, a'bunadh batch #10 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sherry and spice are both very predominant here. Also a hint of carmel, with a whiff of something floral in the background.
Palate: Full bodied, very sweet and smooth, with a mixture of honey and dried oranges.
Finish: Long and yummy, lots of fruits lingering in the mouth!
I like this! Many thanks to Mikeymad for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:11 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.5%, a'bunadh batch #14 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Sweet on the nose, mix of light oranges and cinnamon spice.
Palate: Very full, rich and sweet. Lots of carmel/toffee along with spices, but not too hot, just right.
Finish: A very pleasant and long sweet and spicy cinnamon finish.

One of my favorite batches so far, that's for sure. Thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:17 am

Aberlour 15 Sherry Wood Finish

Aberlour
15
A surprising amount of oak, grass and earth. Lots of orange and chocolate - think Terry's... Also a little mint and some spices. Icing sugar and cinnamon. Lemon and white pepper. Toffee. Some cereal. Becomes more sherried after a little while.
More sherried, but not overly. Slightly drying. Some oak and grass again, with a little honey and mint. Light vanilla.
Some mint and a little oaky and spicy, with bitter citrus coming through. Becomes very slightly tea-ish after a while.
I love the nose on this! Not bad on palate and finish either, albeit quite a bit simpler.
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0

15 Years Old
NA
40%
OB

Single Malt
Speyside
No
None
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My favourite expression so far!

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:19 am

Nice notes Stuart! The 15yo sounds good.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:29 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.6%, a'bunadh batch #15 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Dark chocolate and burnt toffee, some wood notes as well.
Palate: Very chocolatey, reminds me of over-cooked brownies. A mix of toffee is definitely there too, this is all very interesting.
Finish: Long, sweet, chocolatey and rich.

It just gets better and better, this was completely different from any batch I've tried. I really liked it! Thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:32 am

Ganga, try not to put the '#' in there, as I think that's what's causing the notes to be displayed wrong.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:44 am

Stuart - Ganga, Mikeymad and I are in the SOI Chat, you should join us. :D :D
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:47 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.6%, a'bunadh batch #16 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Lots of dark chocolate/toffee and a hint wood (oak I suppose), along with carmel
Palate: Yummy, lots of chocolate again, with definitely some nutmeg and vanilla notes too.
Finish: Long and lasting with a nice chocolatey cream feeling. Like chocolate fudge perhaps.

Many thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:06 am

Aberlour NAS ( 60.2%, a'bunadh batch #17 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Big and sweet, sherry plus lots of spice.
Palate: Very nice and sweet but not too sweet, with a hint of burnt brown sugar (but in a good way).
Finish: A nice spicy finish of a blend of spiced apples.

Many thanks to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:18 am

Really liking my SMWS glass tonight. Perfect for the nose IMO. I really prefer this over the glencairn now. You know who you are, thank you very much!!! :D :D

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:19 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.7%, a'bunadh batch #18 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: A mix of tangerines and oranges with a hint of honey.
Palate: Very interesting mix of sweet and sour oranges, yet still spicy.
Finish: Long spicy finish with hints of oranges still.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:43 am

Aberlour NAS ( 60.5%, a'bunadh batch #20 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: A very powerful nose, lots of toffee and also a whiff of wood smoke.
Palate: Very smooth and tasty, with a mix of raisins and more dried fruits.
Finish: A nice long finish with some spices lingering. A bit peppery towards the very end, also some wood.

Many thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:47 am

Aberlour 16 Double Cask Matured

Aberlour
16 Double Cask Matured
Wood and a little peat. Some vanilla. Marzipan. Oranges and lemon. Hints of marmalade and white chocolate. Chewing-gum mint. Faint suggestion of strawberry Campino sweets.
A little fizzy. Slightly earthy. Sweet, creamy and quite winy, with those Campino sweets showing again. A little marzipan.
Slightly fizzy again, but short and quite flat at first. Becomes quite sherried, with mint and citrus coming through after a few seconds.
Another dangerously-drinkable Aberlour!
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16 Years Old
NA
43%
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Single Malt
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No
None
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Bottled 2006

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:57 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.5%, a'bunadh batch #21 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Not as spicy as some others. Good - yet very different. I'm getting a whiff of some smoke that reminds me of an old pipe my Grandfather used to use.
Palate: Very sweet, with wine notes, very dry and thin compared to other batches.
Finish: Fairly short finish, almost dirty, the pipe is back..hmmm.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:08 am

Moving along rather quickly to my last sample of the a'bunadh.

Aberlour NAS ( 60.2%, a'bunadh batch #23 )

Glass: SMWS Glass
Nose: Lots of baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Palate: Very fruity & somewhat dry. A little bit of orange peels noted too.
Finish: Long with a nice and sweet, yet spicy finish.
Thank you to Willie for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:05 pm

Good evening folks, I will be in tonight after dinner. I have my samples lined up - thanks Matt for the 10, 12, 16 and 18. I have also been into The Grill pub in Aberdeen and picked up a sample of the 15 and A'bunadh Batch 23.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:31 pm

Good Morning/Afternoon or Evening, wherever you are.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:32 pm

I wouldn't say you hurt me last night as such Mikeymad, but I didn't get to bed until about 9am. It was also the second time I've been awake for more than 24 hours since Thursday, so I was a little bit tired... :shock:

Not joining in the tasting again just yet, as I have to remain sober and upstanding enough to read maps to get to and from a road rally I'm watching with a mate. Hopefully it won't be an all-nighter for us though, so I may participate later on with the US folk and any insomniacs from other parts of the world in the early hours, but I can't guarantee anything.


And what's with the ultra-wide page??

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:52 pm

Its good to know so many recieved their samples on time, looking forward to thoughts on the 18yo.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 pm

Evening all. And morning to those for whom it isn't evening :) And hi Ian, how are you?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:10 pm

Treaclesponge,

Good thank you and looking forward to whats ahead. Aberlour is where my love of malt started, way before we bought Seagrams and The Glenlivet in 2001 so has a special place for me.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:15 pm

Just having a little look at what's been occurring so far, while I pour a 10yo.

Mr.Ganga, are you breakfasting on A'bunadhs? :)

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:19 pm

Ooh Mr.C57, that 18 sounds good!
Matt wouldn't let me have any samples so all I've got is this 10yo :(



j/k I forgot to ask for them till it was too late :headbang:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:20 pm

That's me back. Had a lovely glass of red wine with dinner and therefore had to get through a few oatcakes to get the palate (almost) back in kilter.

Aberlour 10
Glencairn glass (as always)
Nose - Sherry, touch of wood and spice (black pepper?), very easy (no nose prickle)
Taste - Spice, wood tannins, then creamy
Finish - Again spice, tingly, sherry at the end, touch of toffee, smoothness lingering at the end
Comment - Much improved on previous bottlings, I enjoyed this.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:21 pm

Hi everybody and welcome to the forums, Ian.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:25 pm

Good evening everyone.
Starting with the 10 now.


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