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The duty free range comprises five new expressions of this Lowlander: Springwood, Cooper’s Reserve, Silveroak, Solera and this Heartwood. Contrary to the Springwood that is matured on bourbon casks, this Heartwood matured on heavily charred bourbon casks and oloroso sherry casks and was bottled at a slightly higher strength of 43% ABV.
On the nose I again get the typical lime zestiness of Auchentoshan, but the Heartwood also offers oranges, brown sugar, coconut and hazelnuts. A whiff of toffee and milk chocolate.
It is slightly oily with oranges, berries, roasted nuts and even some coffee on the palate. This is surprisingly (well, maybe not) good for such a young whisky (according to my inside source around 7 years of age).
The finish is short, but spicy and warm.
It is a lot more complex – although not complex as such – than the Springwood, but only a fraction more expensive. This is an aperitif for a meal of game.