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Quite excited about this one, my first Auchentoshan and my very first Lowland whisky ever.
Nose: Has got quite a sharp punch on the nose due to the alcohol content, very sweet, icing sugar and a touch of light honey, some citrus rind oils, a good sweet maltiness, a bit of dessert spice (nutmeg, cinnamon sugar and cooked vinilla), after a bit of air I get a nice touch of banana as well.
Palate: nice oily feel in the mouth and quite an alcohol punch on entry, the palate is similar to the nose. Leads off with icing sugar and marsipan, like I've just ran my finger across a well made cake ( not that I do that of course :D ), yummy maltiness, a good dollop of honey, citrus peels, maybe some salted butter and charred oak, smooth cooked vinilla, nutmeg and cinnamon sugar.
Finish: Trails off with vinilla sweetness, maltiness, maybe a little honey and disert spice.
Delicious stuff, defiantly appeals to my sweet tooth. Lets see how it reacts to a bit of water.
(With a few drops)
Nose: pretty much all the same notes but it pulls the alcohol punch right back, making it very smooth and a it a little creamier, a bit like vinilla custard. I Love vinilla custard.
Palate&Finish: no real change to the palate, makes it dangerously easy to drink though (personally prefer it with the punch it has neat, plus it makes it hard to pace myself when its this smooth), makes the finish a little more mellow, possibly brings out a little toastiness in the tail-end as well.
Well this is great stuff, does anyone know any other bottles in the Auchentoshan range that I should check out that are reasonably priced? Anyone who likes there whiskys, light, sugary and sweet should love this stuff.