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Auchentoshan 1998 Fino Sherry Cask

Butterscotch and Sherry

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

29th Dec 2010


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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.

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sorren commented

Indeed Mark this is a great whisky, i have 2 festival bottles and had 2 from 2nd release, i need to get some more.... i did notice though you stated 54.6% but my bottles are 56.3%....

10 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Hmm, that's strange. I checked both my Festival edition bottle as well as my general release bottle and both state 54,6%.

10 years ago 0

sorren commented

Mark my mistake, my notes said 56.3% for some reason, just checked my bottles and yes its 54.6% , not sure how i got wrong strength.... but at least we agree on the whisky being good...

10 years ago 0

talexander commented

Just picked up a bottle today - lovely!

9 years ago 0

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