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In 2009, the new Head Distiller of Auchentoshan, Jeremy Stephens, tried to put the distillery back on the map by organising a festival. Some 2600 visitors could purchase a bottle that was created especially for this occasion. It is a very young whisky (5 to 6 years, if I remember correctly), matured solely on bourbon casks. Only 500 bottles were available at the festival. Afterwards, you could only get it at the distillery (which is where I picked up my bottle).
The nose is very fresh and crisp with vanilla and lime, baked tangerine slices, a hint of banana and sweet barley. Adding water makes it even sweeter, with banana being at the fore.
The attack is surprisingly smooth, despite the high alcohol content. I got some feisty spices, but the dram remains utterly drinkable. Tangerines again, vanilla and a touch of coconut. Diluted it becomes somewhat creamy, but loses some of its punch, even becomes a bit flat. So have it straight.
The (undiluted) finish is long and mildly spicy. Diluted it becomes even longer and warm. Lovely.
Despite its young age, I really like this Toshan.