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October 10, 2013


Auchentoshan 12 vs. Virgin

Today I suppose we'll be going light, light, light with two young official Auchentoshans, one being the regular 12yo and the other one the new possibly-oak-doped 'Virgin' version.

Auchentoshan 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2013)

Auchentoshan 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2013) Three stars The latest 12 we tried was a circa 2008 version. It was fine and fair and was showing good progress (WF 79) after the pretty bland earlier bottlings. Colour: gold. Nose: I don't find much to say, apart from 'this is nice'. There's touches of rum, certainly sultanas, maybe a little peanut butter, some vanilla, a little honey, dandelions and then a full bag of overripe apples. Really easy and pleasing to the nose. Mouth: ah yes, I remember, last time I already thought this was pretty big whisky considering it's A. a Lowlander and B. bottled at 40% vol. I like these notes of lemon cake, orange blossom water (or Oriental pastries), good artisan cider, fresh walnuts and then the maltiness. Sure the middle is weaker, but it never gets flat. Finish: moderate length but it's clean and malty. Cornflakes, then even touches of salt. Comments: I think they do this baby right. One more point wrt last time I tried the official 12. SGP:441 - 80 points.

Auchentoshan 'Virgin Oak' (46%, OB, 2013)

Auchentoshan 'Virgin Oak' (46%, OB, 2013) Two starsMore and more new oak in Scotch, I had thought we ought to save the forests? ;-) Colour: full gold. Nose: mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's very sexy chocolaty/vanilla-ed whisky with a good measure of maple syrup; on the other hand, it's maybe lost its Scotchness and we're rather wandering through Kentucky. Ginger cake, pinesap, corn syrup, cappuccino, coconut, plum pie... It's actually nice but the sweet oak is really forward. Mouth: a little less sweetly bourbony on the palate in the arrival, then it's the oak's bitter spices that seize control. A feeling of overinfused green tea, a lot of ginger and capsicum, some bee propolis and quite some green pepper. Almost an oak infusion. I had thought this baby would be much sweeter and rounder, Nadurra-style if you will. There are fruity tones, though, around bubblegum and pear drops. Finish: long, green, quite bitter. Comments: not my cup of malt at all, this is too plankish for my taste. Scottish bourbon on the nose, Scottish Kräuterlikör on the palate. I liked the Valinch - and the 12 - much, much better. To each his own! SGP:371 - 71 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Auchentoshan I've tasted so far







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