Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:48 pm

SM,

Enjoy your evening out, thanks for dropping in.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:53 pm

See you later SM.

Tasting the 16 now and I'm pleasantly suprised nice sweet round full nose, less sherried but older, very nice.
Can't find info on the Aberlour site on this one. Is this beauriful whisky of the shelve before I even got one?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:55 pm

Ian Logan call you maybe explain why there is no unsherried Aberlour original bottling?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:56 pm

Aberlour A'bunadh, batch 23, ABV 60.2%

Nose - Full on sherry, fruit cake, sultanas, mint
Taste - Woah. Sweet. Sultanas. A touch of oak to show some older elements. A touch nippy sweety (from the strength), black pepper, hold on to your hat, chair etc
Finish - Pepper, delicious, fading slowly, then a touch of cooling (thank you) mint at the end
Comment - Another excellent and consistent dram, this one grabs you and doesn't let go. Very deep. Yet another bottle for the list (I'd better make some room)

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:00 pm

Ras,

It was a concious decision when Pernod Ricard bought the distillery in 1975 to go down the line of using a higher than normal percentage os sherry matured casks.
It offers a more traditional taste with a sweeter and fuller taste than many of our neighbours. This choice has worked as Aberlour is now the biggest selling malt in France, the global n0.1 malt market.
Bourbon matured examples do exist but are more IB versions, we have a house character in what we produce and want to stay with that.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:06 pm

Cheers SM, have a good night.
Willie, I agree, the flavours are presently with a different emphasis from age to age. The 18 is a revelation. Batch 23 is brilliant too.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:07 pm

Willie,

Thanks for posting that, I had a feeling it could be found in the UK, just not sure where.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby lohssanami » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:13 pm

Great notes from you all. Sorry I can't join you, but I'm not feeling too well today. No whisky for me...at least not yet.

Have a great time with the tasting!

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:14 pm

Having the 18 too. Taste rum with tobacco in the back of the mouth.
Every sniff is getting better... much better.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:20 pm

Ian,
What happened with the 16, is it out if the range? It is pictured on the Aberlour home page but noyhing more than that.

We had to wait a long time to see a 18yo Aberlour. Can we expect some older bottling or some single cask bottlings?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:20 pm

Mikey
Should you open the bottle? Do not ask why? Instead ask yourself why not? Hope that helps
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:27 pm

Ras,

No the 16yo remains a permanent part of the range, perhaps Pernod Ricard Netherlands have something to do with the availabality.
There are no plans for any older extensions to the Aberlour Family though we are considering a few single casks though these would probaly only be available at the distillery.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:29 pm

In response to the question about non sherried Aberlour - my favourite is a single cask bottling from the distillery (hand fill) which is from a bourbon cask...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:39 pm

back in a bit, :thumbsup: cheers

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:42 pm

Willie,

Not 100% sure of the age of Mikets bottle but tempted to say early 80's

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:44 pm

Ian,

Thanks, the 16 is available here, the 15 seems to get scarce.

I'm planning to go to Scotland soon and will definiently visit the distillery to get a handfilled bottle.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:45 pm

Willie,

A batch of A'Bunadh is around 27,000 to 28,000 bottles ata time. Its very hard to say how many casks as no batch is the same, really depends how much older or younger stock is in the vatting.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:50 pm

Willie,

A vatting will typically be from around 8 to 12years old. The silver label version from the millenium was a striaght 12yo.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:55 pm

Moving on to A'bunadh #23 courtesy of Willie JJ.
I would call this winey. I mean that in a good way. I'm smelling sultana's and Oloroso. White chocolate int he finish, I must be crazy...
Have to compare this to other A'bunadhs but sofar this is great.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:00 pm

Thanks Willy! And you should definitely go and do the Aberlour tour, it's the best. We are finally going to have a'bunadh and the 16 DCM into Switzerland, I can't wait, I'll be able to get my hands on them easily...

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:01 pm

If you decide to visit us at the distillery there are only two tours a day so its important to pre-book. Tours are at 10.30 am and 2pm, set aside a couple of hours for the "goings on".

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:09 pm

Just compared the 23 to a drop of the 17 I had left. The 23 is much better, softer, less stingy alcohols.

I have a close 20 and a 8 standing in front of me. I'll open the 20, so I can buy a second one if I like it.
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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:10 pm

jmrl,

If you head up the hill a little you will probaly find Keir has it in stock at RMW.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:12 pm

Yeah, I think you have to say you are Swiss or it doesn't let you in... It works for me, even though with a surname like Stewart I am definitely Scottish :wink:

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:15 pm

mikeymad wrote:I did love the smell of shortbread in the town of Aberlour (for those that know)

Cheers,


Last time I was there I brought back loads of the mini chocolate chip... Everyone in the office loved it!

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:20 pm

Opened batch 20, I'll let it breathe a bit.

I really like the wax that seals the bottle, all whisky bottles should have that. The shape of these bottles is nice too.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby les taylor » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:22 pm

Hi guys i'm away for the weekend staying at my daughter's in the midlands. And bought my samples of 16 and 18 with me. We had a bbq this evening with friends and then had a sampling. So this is what we thought.

Aberlour 16

Nose

Oak Woody Floral, Brown sugar, bananna, and believe this or not pre packed celery from the supermarket.

Taste

Treacle, Toffee, (burnt) chilli heat which mellows out.

Not a long finish


Aberlour 18

Nose

A little richer more depth and complex, sweet tobacco, Get this Leather like when you go into Timpsons shoe repairers.

Taste Raisins especially like the little packets of sun maid raisins. Sticky toffee pudding.

A longer finish.


Guys these are the observations of the Caddington Jury on an away fixture. I look forward to reading what else you have to say. As I'm away it would be rude to contribute more. Hope the rest of the evening goes well.

Cheers

Les.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:25 pm

Ganga,

Please let me know, if I am around I will join in but if not will certainly catch up afterwards.

Willie,

Couple of things in the pipeline for the distillery shop only but sorry to say I cant mention any more at this time.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:26 pm

Les,

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

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:28 pm

jmrl,

Thanks for dropping in, I need to come visit the shop the next time I am in Edinburgh.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:29 pm

Ganga,

That would be great or e-mail to ian.logan@chivas.com , the choice is yours.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:30 pm

Ian Logan wrote:Willie,

Couple of things in the pipeline for the distillery shop only but sorry to say I cant mention any more at this time.


Ian, What do we have to do to make you talk?!?

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby debs » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:31 pm

Ian, the PM doesn't seem to work for you, it doesn't seem to be an option.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:33 pm

Debs,

:oops:,Hmmm...... let me think about that.

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Re: Aberlour Tasting - 19th July - 7pm

Postby Ian Logan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:35 pm

Willie,

I will be at the Pernod Ricard stand at Whisky Fringe, will see what I can find for Aberlour or Glenlivet samples for then.


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