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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

A pleasant surprise..

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@cheeserandyburgReview by @cheeserandyburg

3rd Oct 2015

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Now that the temps have dropped I thought it would be a good idea to open up something new, and what better then a bottle that's been sitting in the cabinet for over 3 years.

Nose - Sweet smooth toffee, vanilla, caramel, raisins, fruit cake, hints of oak, and pungent berries and fruits. A fairly thick nose on this with a strong sweet-syrupy note.

Palate - Fast, sweet arrival with fruitful tannins and a dry fruity complexity. Something citrus'y in here as well.

Finish - Dry yet sweet. Some bitterness with a shy woody note coming through. Decent length here!

So how does this whisky stack up overall? A very nice surprise indeed. I was putting this off after reading reviews about it not being anything special and fairly average, but I must say this is quite a nice change to all the smokey drams I've had over the summer.

If i had to choose this over the Glendronach 12, I'd take this. The Glendronach was a slight disappointment (despite the fact I gave it a higher rating.)

The Auchentoshan has more to offer in terms of taste and really was a nice surprise to what I was expecting. Not overly complex, but not the least boring either. Nice mix of sweet tannins with some fresh fruits and very decent smooth finish.

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4 comments

@jack09
jack09 commented

Nice positive review, thanks. How would you compare this to a Glenlivet 12 which is light, fruity and somewhat watery? I was thinking of buying a bottle, but put it off having read flat reviews about it.

2 years ago 0

@cheeserandyburg
cheeserandyburg commented

@ jack09 - They're both in the same or similar league. Glenlivet gets a fairly average review since its an all around beginner entry level whisky. That being said, its far from bad. I enjoyed it, but its not really memorable. If I had to pick between the two; I'd go with the Auchentoshan since its a little bit more flavorful with a longer finish.

2 years ago 0

@sorren
sorren commented

Glad you enjoyed the toshan 12, like you said many don't rate it but I find it very enjoyable ????

2 years ago 0

@cheeserandyburg
cheeserandyburg commented

Oct 29 and half a bottle left. Yes I've been enjoying this one. Easy on the palate, smooth, full, robust, and very flavorful. Next up, the Three Wood for added sweetness and a little sherry! I'm enjoying what the Lowlands bring to the table ;)

2 years ago 0

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