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Auchentoshan 15 Year Old 1997 Old Particular


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

9th Nov 2013


Auchentoshan 15 Year Old 1997 Old Particular
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  • Finish
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The newest Auchentoshan from Douglas Laing was bottled in their brand new Old Particular range, of which I already tried ad fantastic Auchroisk, a superb Glen Garioch, but also a soapy Bowmore. I was looking forward to this Auchentoshan, of which I received a sample straight from the Douglas Laing stables, for which I am very grateful.

This is no classic Auchentoshan on the nose. It has something extra. The lemongrass and grain cookies are there, surely, but it also has a nice edge of grapefruit zest. Wonderfully bittersweet and fruity with some wild flowers in the background. A touch of vanilla. Fresh. Reminds me of spring.

The attack is quite punchy. It dances on the palate and immediately offers a big spiciness that you would not have guessed from the nose. Loads of pepper on the obligatory citrus fruit. Green banana kicks in, as do some toffee apples. Delicious bitterness from the oak. This is very good indeed.

All of this continues nicely into the fairly long finish.

This is the better work from my favorite distillery. I have ordered my bottle! Thanks Fred, Chris & Cara!

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