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This being the first lowland scotch I've tried, I was honestly expecting something far simpler than this! I had heard some talk about the few lowland malts being less full and interesting than some others- and I know this is a "special" bottling, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
It really reminded me of the wonderful Balvenie Doublewood- warming, sweet, and woody. But unlike the Doublewood (besides adding one extra wood, lol) the Auchentoshan had a sort of spicy bite lurking in it. It still had the sweet sherry wood. But if the Balvenie Doublewood is a candle, this is a sparkler.
Very complex stuff (I'm not even sure how many fruits were present) and probably a good way to introduce people to the drink. Not too sweet, not too intense, a little something for everyone and really, really good.
As a bonus, it had a really dark, beautiful color!