Show rating data charts
Distribution of ratings for this:
For the second fan edition of the Save Lars Whisky, we wanted something completely different from the first, which was a bit of a smoke-driven Islay malt. We found what we were looking for at my own favourite distillery: Auchentoshan, famed for its delicate and somewhat feminine aperitif style whiskies. Nevertheless, this is a beauty at cask strength.
The nose is light and delicate on vanilla, citrus and pears. Underneath is a hint of pastry. Some coconut in the distance and something that makes me think of peach. It even boasts a nice trace of smoke; obviously from the wood. Adding a teaspoon of water sprinkles the whole with icing sugar, but also brings out some pineapple and even white chocolate. Very nice nose.
On the palate, it shows great strength with a round mouthfeel. Slightly oily. White pepper, ginger and liquorice. The white fruit and citrus reappear midpalate and develop beautifully. The citrus evolves towards Sevilla oranges and even grapefruit, giving it a light and beautiful bitterness. But the oak rears its head as well. Diluted, the oak becomes a touch louder even.
The finish is medium long and warm, but above all beautifully bittersweet.
What a beautiful Auchentoshan. Definitively worthy of being bottled under the Save Lars Whisky label!