Auchentoshan 14 Year Old 2000 Old Particular
17th Jan 2016
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Tasting Notes by markjedi1
The Old Particular range from Douglas Laing does not really need an introduction, does it? I have had quite a few gems already, including two Auchentoshan. Today I will try the latest release, a 14 Year Old from 2000, just on the market and the youngest Toshan in the OP-series so far.
Classic Toshan on malt, citrus and something flowery. Very clean, this nose. The dominating aroma is grapefruit. The white inside skins of a recently peeled grapefruit to be precise. Is that precise enough? Oh, Mark, don’t be such a show-off. Then some aspirin and heathery flowers. Great spring nose, if you know what I mean.
On the palate, this all returns, upholstered with some pepper, but it also turns a bit sweet and sour and mildly bitter at the same time. Like tea that has infused too long with a peel of a Seville orange in the cup. The oak becomes surprisingly loud. Quinine? The second sip adds apple juice and some lemon. Cider apples, actually. It works.
I am happily surprised with the long, warm finish, in which this Toshan returns to the sweet path.
Terrace, sun and this bottle: the ideal combination. The Auchentoshan Old Particular releases make me happy. Keep it up, Fred!
14 Year Old 2000 Old Particular