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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.