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After the success of the Auchentoshan Festival in 2009, Head Distiller Jeremy Stephens selected several sherry casks from 1998 and filled the first 200 numbered bottles for the 2010 Festival. Every bottle has a certificate and is individually numbered (my bottle is 160/200). They were sold at the festival for £50.
The nose is clean and firm with quite a bit of orange peel and butterscotch, but also nuts (almonds), honey and a hint of bitterness.
On the palate, he's quite creamy and thoroughly spiced. The butterscotch immediately gets overpowered by the sherry tones, but soon the typical citrusy character of Auchentoshan returns. There is even a hint of pineapple. Adding a little water makes it even more creamy.
The finish is medium long on citrus and green apples.
After the festival, another 3.000 bottles were released. With good reason, for this is a very nice Auchentoshan indeed.