Friday, 3 June 2011

Auchentoshan 12 Year

Spirit Name: Auchentoshan 12 Year
Category: Scotch
Country: Scotland
Region: Lowlands
ABV: 40% (but should be at 43% or above)
Price range: 750ml $48.60 CDN
Nose: Fresh and zippy candied oranges.  Vanillas, caramels and cocoa.  American oak influences.  Extremely interesting and smooth after 5+ minutes in a glass.  A dry empty glass smells like hot sauna, very cool.
Taste: Yummie and pretty smooth with a nice mouth feel.  The nose transfers through to the taste.  Tastes like eating spiced dark orange chocolate.  Youthful spirit nips at your taste buds like capsaicin.  10 minutes in open air lets the toffee flavours come to the surface.
Finish: Surprising bite for 40% ABV with a warm glowing finish which doesn’t diminish much with water.  Gradually fades leaving a pleasant after taste.
Would I buy it again: Absolutely, without question.  
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes, and in fact I have.
Worthy as a daily dram: 100% yes run out and get it right now!  
Collection worthy: It should be a on your daily dram shelf representing the Scottish lowlands.
Comments: I REALLY like this malt.  Its one of only 5 triple distilled whiskies in the world and the only Scottish representative.  Its a hold over from the Irish influence in the Southwestern part of Scotland.  Its purported to make the spirit more refined and smoother to the palate.  Here is the text from the bottle/box:
“Triple distilled and matured for over 12 years.  The result is a Lowland single malt whisky with the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelized toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.”
Sounds about right.  I have a friend who is pretty experienced with malts and has a nice collection of his own.  He focuses on Sherried Speyside malts though and sticks to his guns.  I let him have at my cabinet and he picked this Auchentoshan 12 Year as his favourite of the bunch.  This would be a perfect SWM to hook a non-whisky drinker with.  Its kind of like The Glenlivet turned up to 11 ;)

Let's see what Ralfy has to say:

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