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So I have had a bottle of the 12 year old for a while, so it's interesting to see how Auchentoshan ages with another 6 years.
The light bright fruitiness of the 12 year old is gone, but there's the familiar now dominant toasty wood, stone fruits, stem ginger, barley malt and hints of sherry, now stronger.
Nose is beeswax, plain wood, stone fruits. The wood isn't hugely flavourful. Simple slightly toasty oak, but it's dominating things. Sherry notes coming through, slight caramel and toffee, slight soapiness, spiciness, bit of pepper.
Taste is simple dry toasted oak wood, spicy, barley malt, soapiness, green grassy, vanilla.
On the finish lots of the plain vanilla wood and spiciness. Definitely grows nicely on the palate.
I really like the light fruitiness of the 12 and in this the wood and spice has kind of trampled over that, but it's still simple and nice.