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February 27, 2023


Little duos, today Auchentoshan
OB vs. IB

We keep 'following' Auchentoshan almost reflexively, because it used to be a big name and because we all remember the extremely superlative old sherried officials from around the… Gasp, late 1990s – early 2000s!


Auchentoshan 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2022)

Auchentoshan 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2022) Three stars and a half
We liked the 12 five years ago. Five years, that's a good pace. Colour: gold. Nose: it's warm and warming, with some gingery oak in the background and rather Turkish delights and oriental pastry in the front. Baklava, angel hair, makrout, then some oranges and various apples… Despite this bizarre spicy oak, it's working pretty well.  Mouth: good, rather honeyed at first, with once more touches of ginger, malt, biscuits, then beeswax and proper sour cider. An unexpected saltiness – or is that me? I don't think so. Touches of caramel, cinnamon rolls, a touch of lavender sweet, nougat… Finish: not that short at only 40% vol. Some ginger and some cinnamon, and some young bourbon. Comments: very fine. I'm wondering if all this spicy oak/ginger wasn't rather brought by some pretty walnutty sherry. We'll keep following this baby, so see you in 2028.

SGP:551 – 83 points.

Auchentoshan 24 yo 1998/2022 (52.6%, Thompson Bros., 321 bottles)

Auchentoshan 24 yo 1998/2022 (52.6%, Thompson Bros., 321 bottles) Four stars and a half
This baby from two refill barrels, so things should go just tip-top, as they say in the Alps. Colour: light gold. Nose: good one, this is rhum agricole blended with mirabelle eau-de-vie and bison vodka. A lot of custard too, beeswax, and a pack of Camels (they'll shut us down eventually). With water: oranges and cake, with whiffs of shoe polish. Mouth (neat): extremely good, mainly on preserved fruits (mirabelles once more, and peaches). Some flower syrups (elderflower, mullein) and a camphory side, eucalyptus, bidis… Then limoncello and lemongrass. Extremely all right. With water: papaya juice! That's new. And something of those old Littlemills… Finish: medium very fruity, citrusy, with some pink grapefruit. Eminently – and imminently, which could be a flaw - drinkable. Comments: wonderfully fruity, but it is not quite 'a fruit bomb'. Rather logically, there's also a wee Irish side to this lovable baby.
SGP:651 - 88 points.

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