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Auchentoshan 16 Year Old Duthies

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Auchentoshan 16 Year Old Duthies

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  • Brand: Auchentoshan
  • Bottler: Unknown
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 16 year old

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Auchentoshan 16 Year Old Duthies

Cadenhead's has recently reflated his own series Duthies and proposed, among several bottlings, three Auchentoshan (a 11 and a 19 yo besides this 16). To be perfectly honest, the Duthies often left us quite disappointed: we tasted an execrable Longrow 9yo sherried - it felt like biting a rotten ham - just as an unimpressive glen grant 13 yo. May this lowlander rehabilitate a little those series.

N: fresh, floral. Vanilla, which comes from the bourbon cask, stands out light after a while, nevertheless adding an enjoyable sweetness to a profile that is so characteristic of lowlanders and of Auchentoschan in particular. This is a flowering lawn. Slightly oily.

P: freshness again. Citrus rind? Overall, flavors are weak, but this malt is very drinkable. The floral and herbal notes still dominate in the palate: we feel fresh hay, maybe a little honey in the background. Hints of vanilla.

F: sweet, with bland floral notes. Nosing the empty glass you won't feel the oak wood, as usual, but a triumph of wetted herb.

The best attribute of this whisky is the nose experience, which is definitely delicate, maybe too much, but the floral variety of the fragances is absolutely seductive. This Duthies is less sweet if compared with the 12 yo OB, but we don't regret it: quite the opposite indeed, because the vegetal dimension of the Lowlands finds an easier way to seat on the throne. We recommend the review by Mark Dermul, a Toshan man, on this website: he is definitely better experienced...

Nice review, my Milanese friend! Thanks also for the kind words. I found this one rather boring and prefer the 19 Year Old from the same range.


Between Christmas and New Year, I'm going to spoil myself with my favorite whisky. I'll try no less than six Toshans. The oldest independent bottler in Scotland is probably Wm. Cadenhead Ltd. A few years ago, they introduced to the Duthies range. Initially only 6 single malts were represented: Auchentoshan 19 yo, Caol Ila 13 yo, Cragganmore 15 yo, Glen Grant 13yo sherry, Glen Scotia 17yo en Mortlach 16yo sherry. But due to the large amount of casks they had access to, as well as the relative succes of the range (especially in Germany), Cadenhead decided to expand the range. I'm now tasting the 16 Year Old, matured on ex-bourbon barrel. On the nose, I'm immediately aware of the typical Auchentoshan perfume: sweet barley, honey, vanilla, young apples and some crème brulée. Very clean with a almost impercebtible sour touch. Not very complex. On the palate, he's quite delicate though a touch hot (despite the relatively low ABV). Slightly creamy and sweet, but very little complexity.

The finish is dry and medium in length.

This is an 'easy' Auchentoshan. Nice balance between the sweet cereal, honey and something spicy, but not complex enough to be really interesting. A rather boring Toshan, although I don't like to admit it, being a Toshan Man...

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