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My first ever whisky review shall be of my first ever Auchentoshan and the second single malt whisky I ever bought - The 2011 Auchentoshan Valinch.
Initially I was put off by the cask strength nose and delivery. However upon further education, I began to allow this malt 20-30 minutes to open up and also added around 2 teaspoons of water which just about suits my palate perfectly. This is a review of a Valinch which has been sitting 3/4 full in my cabinet for around 3 months now. The reviewed drop has been left to open up for 20 minutes and has had two teaspoons of water added to approximately 1.5 standard shots of Valinch.
Furry, fuzzy peaches...yellow peaches, ripe peaches, sour unripe peaches, faint hints of creaminess and white sugars. The creamy smell reminds me of the cream part of the strawberry and cream jelly confectionery, or milk bottles perhaps...
juicy, fruity barley with peach bursts that transform into a subdued creme brulee flavour.
Surprisingly dry and short. More creme brulee and / or egg nog with a sprinkle of cinnamon and spice.
A nice whisky that for myself, wasn't easy to like. But once liked, it is now quite easy to drink and yes...I could even say an enjoyable experience.