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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.