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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 1992 James MacArthur

Silver foil

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

10th Dec 2011


Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 1992 James MacArthur
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This Auchentoshan was bottled by Indie James MacArthur, without chill filtration or coloring. It is a single cask (number 113) at cask strength.

While Auchentoshan is instantly recognizable on the nose, there is little to be called delicate about this whisky. The high ABV delivers a strong sting to the nose. Quite some grains and vanilla, but also melon, pear, yellow apples, violets and a strange, metallic twist. Woodspice. With water, it becomes more familiar. Yes, that is much better.

Somewhat creamy on the palate, but so astringent! That ABV again – phew – some sweet malt, bags of citrus and melon, but also eucalyptus and again that metallic thing. Weird! Diluted (but don’t add too much water!) it becomes fruity and peppery. Much better.

The finish is long, spicy and warm, but you are left with the feeling as if you have got a piece of silver foil in your mouth.

Something of an outsider Auchentoshan, that absolutely needs water. But the silver foil tails you from nose to finish and is an absolute off note.

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