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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

an aromatic symphony for the nose

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@TombaReview by @Tomba

31st Dec 2012


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eye: nice viscosity, standard bee-honey color.

nose: a lot of dried figs, hints of apple cider and fresh green apple, smashed - not entirely mature - greenish banana, light vanilla, discreet caramel and toffee notes, bright raisins, impressions of almond paste (marzipan), powdered sugar, fresh springtime flowers (not to sweet, more delicate), golden tobacco. if I should symbolically pick a season to define this malt it would be definitely spring!

taste: fresh and spicy impact - nearly not warming, light vanilla, light and delicate sherry, some white pepper, very subtle sweet tobacco notes.

finish: subtle caramel and toffee, again impressions of golden tobacco and american oak, some leather, hints of angelica and gentian root at the very finish (again the oak), nice bitter-sweet interplay, but a bit short.

conclusion: all in all a very "bourbonesque" single malt in my opinion, that is heavenly (!!!) on the nose (I could sniff this malt forever), decent taste-wise and a bit to moderate on the finish. I got this bottle for my 30th birthday from my girlfriend a few weeks ago in December and I immediately felt in love with the bottle design, thumbs up for the marketing guys! After 1/3 of this bottle I am definitely very interested to try some older Auchentoshan bottles with some more sherry or wine finish. though I saw on their website that they currently just have the 11y old Bordeaux cask matured and the surely to expensive 1977 sherry cask matured. maybe a standard 15y old bottle of such a malt would be an idea...? perhaps I'll try the "three wood" at 43%, though again I am afraid I wont get the longer finish and deeper aroma experience taste-wise (?). 82 points for me, but since it was my girlfriend's birthday present and the bottle design is just how I personally would design it for a whisky I'll give it 84 points, 'cause finally the feelings and the emotions related to a bottle influence us a lot!

summary: celestial smell, catchy taste, moderate finish.

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markjedi1 commented

Great review of a good daily dram. Tomba: a tip for your next bottle. Try the Auchentoshan Valinch! Or if you want something else, feel free to check my Toshan Man website at markdermul.be/toshanman for more tasting notes on this great distillery from Glasgow.

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Tomba commented

Yeah, I'll definitely seek after something new from Auchentoshan. I'm currently getting into Highland Park and Glenfarclas to, but the 12y Auchentoshan keeps pleasing me a lot. Wow, I saw you are a real "prophet" of this distillery. Nice to see such passion! I am currently working in Vienna so it's pretty hard for me to find the Valinch here (so far), but I saw the Three Wood in a store. Anyway, I'll keep an eye on your tastings. I'm sure I'll find a natural continuation for the 12y!

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