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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby bear » Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:09 pm

Sorry only getting round to the tasting now

Aberlour 10

Nose: Sweet sherry, orangy
Palate: Def sweet sherry, dry
Finish: Short but nice and dry

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby bear » Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:15 pm

Aberlour 12

Nose: Like the 10 sweet, apples slightly minty
Palate: Apples with a touch of mint and honey
Finish: Nice, dry long minty finish

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby bear » Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:25 pm

Onto the 16

nose: chocolate, mint and marmalade
palate: malty, chocolate, with a slighty minty note
finish: mint, more complex than the 10 and 12

A good whisky, think i'll have to order a bottle

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby bear » Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:50 pm

18

Nose: again sherry, orange with a hint of mint
Palate: Immediate spice with hints of mint and orange
Finish: Long and complex, comes up and bites you towards the end. I like it.

Another great Aberlour, think i'll have to buy this one too, might even venture back up to the distillery soon.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:15 pm

Aberlour 18 (43%, OB)

Colour: Burnt orange

Nose: Rich, with lots of sherry. Also some marmalade. Christmas cake (heavy on the marzipan). Honey and eucalyptus, with faint traces of mint. Furniture polish. Spices. Suggestion of nuts and very mild, aromatic curry. Hints of cinnamon and white chocolate. Some citrus fruit (lemon and orange). Possibly a tinge of white pepper in the background.

Palate: Plenty of sherry and citrus fruit again, with dark chocolate and a little cinnamon. Also mildly spicy and oaky. Erring on the thin side though.

Finish: Sweet, mainly on honey and lemon. The faintest hint of peat, and surprisingly little sherry compared to nose and palate. Oranges develop after a short while.


Now moving onto a non-sherried bottling...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:28 am

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Now I need to bump up my SM collection to catch up with her!!
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Wow, that's a pretty nice and diverse cellar. Guess you never have to worry about people dropping over and not being able to offer them something to drink! :D

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:31 am

Aberlour 11yo 1994/2005 (46%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #112, 221 bottles, exclusive to TWE) - from a single ex-bourbon hogshead

Colour: White wine

Nose: Sweet and honeyed, with a soft bourbon character. Toffee. A little vanilla, menthol and oak. Hints of biscuits, nuts, wax, white pepper and lavender-scented soap. Slight grassiness in the background. Also slightly buttery. Farley's rusks???

Palate: Toffee and butterscotch dominate. Also light vanilla, spices and wood, with some very weak citrus.

Finish: Sweet. Honey, a little eucalyptus and fruit, with mint and something vaguely biscuity coming through a little later. Leaves the mouth quite dry.


It's very interesting tasting a non-sherried Aberlour. It has a natural sweetness and is very pleasant, but it's not one I could drink all night and is certainly not one I'd choose over the regular sherried expressions.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TheTross » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:42 am

Aberlour A'bunadh Batch #22 (59.3%, OB)

Colour: Deep amber

Nose: Thick and syrupy. Obviously heavily sherried but not really winy. Very sweet, rich and warming, with marzipan, chocolate and mint (chocolate-coated Kendal Mint Cake). Citrus fruit, particularly orange. Treacle toffee. A touch sulphuric at times (burnt matchstick), and maybe even slightly peaty. Strawberry confectionary.

Palate: Thick and rich. Very warming! Big, and fairly winy this time. Spiced chocolate. Some citrus fruit. Very drying if left in the mouth for more than a few seconds.

Finish: A little winy initially, with some citrus fruit developing after a few seconds. Some mint appears after that. Very warming indeed!


This one is my favourite A'bunadh batch so far and, in fact, is my favourite Aberlour per se. I love the nose on this, which is very complex and actually reminds me of a sherried Glengassaugh I tried a couple of months back that was out of this world.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:16 am

I tried two last night the here are my thoughts: -

Aberlour 10 Y.O.

N:Spicy fruit cake, orange peel and almonds.

T:Slightly grainy, freshly cut grass, dry and woody.

F:Thin, spices, then wood comes through.

I thought this was ok but not one of my favorites, its on offer in Tesco at the moment with £6 off at £17.99. Even with this though I think I would give it a miss. For me a 6/10.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:25 am

Aberlour 12 Y.O.

N:Sherry triffle, deep spiced fruit and honey.

T:Oloroso sherry, hot spices, dry.

F: Longer than 10 Y.O. Still thin and dry but slightly hot. Woody.

I like this more than the 10 Y.O. The sherry taste in it appeals to me. The thin (not oily) finish that I get leaves me wanting a bit more to be honest but this is definately better than the 10 Y.O. in my opinion. I would consider buying this but I prefer The Macallan 10 Y.O.
7/10

Last two will follow later today...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:52 pm

Must totally and unreservedly apologise to Matt and Ian for missing this. We had unexpected visitors drop by and they ended up staying the night. I still have not had a chance to taste my samples but will post when I get a chance. Looks like it was a success though and I and gutted I missed it. :|

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:27 pm

Excellent notes everyone! It seems as though the tasting went very well. I just had time to read through everything this morning, very nice.

It was a pleasure to have Ian Logan present, thanks for taking the time to answer questions for us! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby les taylor » Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:58 pm

Ian Logan wrote:Les,

Good to hear from you, have a good weekend. You know where I am if you have any queries.



Hi Ian thanks for that. I manged to read through the 10 pages. Great stuff everyone. So a big thankyou to Matt and Ganga for setting it up and to Ian Logan for sparing his time to give such an insight into the world of Aberlour. And for all the contributions that made this such a good event. :)

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:26 pm

Samples arrived today - thanks Matt & Ian - so I'll tuck in...

Aberlour 12yo
Nose: Softer than the 10, but very similar. Oranges and fresh apple.
Palate: Apple, dry sherry
Finish: Short. Dry and peppery.

Not unpleasant but doesn't seem a great deal different from the 10.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:47 pm

Aberlour 16yo

Nose: Richer than the 10 and 12. Apple again, something very sweet like marshmallow,
Palate: Sherry, fruit and butter, like apple fruit pie. A spicy kick to this.
Finish: Nutmeg and cracked black pepper

Although sharing many of the characteristics, the little extra aging has made quite a difference here.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:00 pm

Hi folks
I really enjoyed the tasting on Saturday evening. After I logged out I had a lovely glass of Glenfiddich 18 and a bottle of beer, then felt very sleepy and crashed (must have been the beer). I have caught up with the posts today and again it was an excellent session, thanks to all who took part and to Ganga, Matt and Ian for organising and providing the samples - much appreciated (even by the thirsty fly in Willie's house). The 18 yo and the A'bunadh 23 are now on my wish list (with the 10 yo possibly worth a pop at £17.99 at Tesco as the support act).
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:13 pm

Aberlour 18yo
Nose: Apple, orange, caramel, sweet wine. A little smoke. Gets more vanilla-y over time.
Palate: Toffee, cinnamon and those beige chalky sticks of rock from years ago - I think it's maybe called coltsfoot - slightly cough sweetish. Fruit as before.
Finish: Hint of liquorice, very peppery

Thanks for another interesting tasting! When exploring them one after another like that the Aberlour style is very apparent. There didn't seem to be much variation between the 10 and 12, but then there's a bigger jump in depth to the 16 & 18. I was surprised at how much peppery heat kicked in after all that fruit, but after that I didn't get any surprises. I favour the 18yo which was by far the most interesting.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby LagaDrinker » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:28 am

Aberlour 16 Y.O.

N:Deep spiced fruit, rich caramel tones, honey, candied spices, strong brown sugar.

T: Sweet caramelised fruit, then woody oak.

F: Still thin, long dry, then deep wood soaked dryness.

A definate step up from the 10 Y.O. This enjoyable malt has a subtle freshness to it. The woody finish is long and very dry. I would be happy to have a bottle of this in my collection.

7.5/10

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby LagaDrinker » Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:03 pm

Aberlour 18 Y.O.

N:Deep spiced fruit, honey, nail varnish remover, slightly sherry.

T:Immediately woody, silky at the start then drying as the sherried wood becomes more intense.

F:Dry finish, quite short, leaves overall dryness with not much taste.

I was hoping for a further improvement from the 16Y.O. Unfortunately I am disappionted. The woodiness just seems to over-power everything else. I wonder if this is just a bit too old and the 16 Y.O. is the way to go. This is still better than the 10Y.O. though.

7/10

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby UUNetBill » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:31 am

Sherried Malt wrote:
UUNetBill wrote:
and a link to her collection:

http://www.intelliscanner.net/aemurphy/wine/

Now I need to bump up my SM collection to catch up with her!!
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Wow, that's a pretty nice and diverse cellar. Guess you never have to worry about people dropping over and not being able to offer them something to drink! :D


Unless they're looking for diversity in whites - we are (obviously) predominately red drinkers, but we'll toss some whites in there as a tribute to my years living in the Mosel valley. :thumbsup:

And thanks, BTW!

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:40 pm

So, Malty has his samples and would now like to try them.
I have not long since eaten and I'm sure this will affect my tasting, so I will use only small samples now and save some for another day too.

I haven't read anyone else's notes on these, so I am trying not to be influenced by anything other than my own senses here.

Aberlour 10, 12, 16 & 18

Colour 10y: A nice light bronze.
Colour 12y: Slightly richer than the 10y.
Colour 16y: Very slightly darker still.
Colour 18y: Obviously the darkest, but not by much. They are all a lovely typical sherried-style of colouring. Nice!

Aberlour 10y
Nose:
Definite hints of currants and raisins, but some of the dark fruits from Christmas cake are missing, so I can't liken it to that.

Palate: A little thinner than I expected, but not exactly watery. It is also quite smooth and not at all harsh. The flavours I immediately sensed were somewhere between nuts and raisins, but they soon dispersed. Not a long finish.
But I wonder if this is due to what I ate just before.

Overall Impression: A nice dram which I haven't tried before. In fact I haven't tried any of these before, so I am looking forward to them all.

Aberlour 12y
Nose:
The 12y is more pronounced than the 10y, with a nose including slightly stronger raisins and just a hint of marzipan.

Palate: This has a little more of a bite with a slight tingle on the very front of the tongue. The flavours are again those of currants and raisins, with a touch more nuttiness in the aftertaste.
The 12y certainly has a longer finish than the 10y.

Overall Impression: Nice, a slight improvement on the 10y, by which I mean deeper flavours and longer finish.

Aberlour 16y
Nose:
Mmmmm, there's more aroma here, slightly perfumed too. This bodes well, a nice aromatic 16y sherry cask!
There is more of a hint of nuts / marzipan here than the currants and raisins of the previous two.

Palate: This is much more robust. Creamy and rich, not at all as thin as the previous two. The flavour is also more rounded, more of a complete Christmas cake with much more (dark) fruit alongside the nuts, raisins, currants and marzipan. This is almost a mild Christmas pudding, not a cake!

Overall Impression: This one I like much more than the previous two. It is much more rounded in character and more complex too. It 'feels' more like a good sherry cask dram.

Aberlour 18y
Nose:
Only slightly richer than the 16y, really not much difference.

Palate: A much better feel in the mouth, very rich, smooth and creamy with very pronounced dark fruits, currants, raisins and some hints of marzipan.
The finish is also not as dry as the 12y & 16y.

Overall Impression: Good, I like this.

Conclusions: This is quite difficult. I found the 10y quite thin, the 12y slightly better and then the 16y & 18y much better. Which do I like the most? It#s really hard to choose between the 16y and 18y. The 16y is perhaps slightly more complex, the 18y slightly deeper and richer. I think the 18y would be a great Christmas dram after lunch, whereas the 16y is more of an 'anytime' dram.
The 18y leans more towards the infamous A'Bunadh, but it is still a million miles away, if you can understand that. Related yes, but distantly so.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:47 pm

Excellent notes Malt-Teaser!! Thanks for posting them! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:07 am

My samples never showed up so I won't be able to join you... Dang. I was looking forward to trying the range too...

Have fun, guys!

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:04 am

I'm doing a mini tasting tonight of a few Aberlour samples received from Matt and Ganga. Thanks again to both of you!!

For starters I'll be tasting the 10, 12, 16 and 18yo. :D

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:22 am

Aberlour 10yo OB

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Very light, some citrus fruits, also a hint of fresh cut wood.

Palate: Nice and sweet, but a bit thin, with a mix of oranges and also some nuts.

Finish: It has a short finish, but it's still a tasty dram. A very light and easy drinker.

Did I mention I love the SMWS glass! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:33 am

Aberlour 12yo OB

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Some spice and also a hint of vanilla along with honey and dried fruits and something bitter??

Palate: This has a little bit more body than the 10yo, but still pretty thin. More of the rich spices are present as well, and larger range of mixed fruits.

Finish: Still a fairly short finish, although more of the spices fill the mouth.

Comment: Another light and easy going dram. It has been a long time since I have tried this, it doesn't seem to be as sweet as I remember.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:51 am

Aberlour 16yo OB

Glass: SMWS glass

Nose: Lots of oranges and spiciness here. This is more along the profile of Aberlour that I like.

Palate: Some malt, more spices and orange peels a hint of burnt toffee.

Finish: A much more pleasant finish than the previous two. Longer and sweeter with some nice lingering spices. Tasty! :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:06 am

Aberlour 18yo OB

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Some oranges and a hint of cinnamon spice. Not as powerful as I'd imagined it would be, very subtle. Some leather and a whisp of wood too.

Palate: More rich spices, along with some dark chocolate and dried dark fruits. A bit dry I'd say too.

Finish: Longer and full flavored, with a nice and sweet, pleasant finish.

Comment: Too bad we can't get this here in the US yet, well not in my area anyway. I can only get the 12, 16, and a'bunadh here. I can honestly say I prefer the nose on the 16yo, but the palate of the 18yo. It left me wanting more though, so it must have been good, I'd like to try this again.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:11 am

Going through a couple samples of a'bunadh tonight.

Aberlour NAS ( 59.9%, a'bunadh batch #7 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Lots of apples, spices as well.

Palate: Very nice on the palate, more like spiced apples I'd say and some dark toffee.

Finish: Nice and long, spicy. Reminds me of the fireballs I used to eat as a kid.

A very nice batch here, really enjoyable for me. Thank you to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:32 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.8%, a'bunadh batch #11 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Sweet orange peels

Palate: More of the sweet carmelized oranges, and a mix of spices.

Finish: Oooh, this is really nice, long with lots of dark bitter chocolate.
Thanks again to Ganga for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:45 am

Aberlour NAS ( 60.0%, a'bunadh batch #12 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: The nose is a little less powerful than some of the others with some dried fruits and a hint of vanilla.

Palate: Much sweeter for me than batch 11, more toffee and chocolate.

Finish: Lonnng, sweet, and also spicy at the same time. Very, very nice!!
Thanks Ganga!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:08 am

Aberlour NAS ( 59.8%, a'bunadh batch #13 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Something slightly floral about this, along with zesty orange peels, it's all a bit sour on the nose for me.

Palate: Very smooth with lots of toffee and baked apples and oranges.

Finish: Shorter than others, and somewhat dry. Some spices linger.
Many thanks again to Ganga!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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