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It is high time to try that new duty free range from Auchentoshan. This Springwood, matured solely on American ex-bourbon casks, is the successor of the Select, that will be slowly phased out (confirmed by the PR-people of my fav distillery). I was somewhat fearful of that news, because the Select is a nice aperitif entry level style Auchentoshan with a friendly price tag. But my fear was unfounded.
The nose is very light on vanilla, lime, lemongrass and chocolate cookies that spent a little too long in the oven. Dried hay, as well. Zesty is the keyword here.
The attack is light, fresh and zesty (again) on lime, vanilla dried grass and honey. A lot of grain. Clearly a young whisky. Skin of Granny Smith apples.
The finish is rather short and remains – here we go again – zesty and dies on hazelnuts.
Move over, Select! I have just discovered my new aperitif whisky. Classic Lowlander, so very accessible and delicate. According to my sources, casks between 5 and 9 years of age were married to create this one.