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Auchentoshan Valinch 2011 Release

Peaches and Cream

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@JaeReview by @Jae

29th Dec 2012


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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.

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GotOak91 commented

Welcome to the ranks of the reviewers. Excellent review by the way.

10 years ago 0

Jae commented

Thanks GoatOak91.

@fastpoose: thanks also, I also felt exactly the same way, however Im not sure if I will buy another bottle or not...not because I do not enjoy the whisky but simply because there is so many other whiskies I still want to try. I bought the Valinch for around $90 so for that price there is many great whiskies I can buy that I have not yet tired...such as An Cnoc or Glen Farclas 12. I too believe that oxidation, or 'time' spent opened in the bottle assists this whisky in smoothing out and opening up to become a real flavoursome individual. This whisky also makes me want to do a side by side tasting with the Auchentoshan 10 year old (or classic) as I believe the valinch is a cask strength version of the 10 yr old.

10 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@Jae, the Valinch is actually the Classic at cask strength. But putting those head-to-head is quite futile. The Classic is a rather weak malt (the Toshan entry level). The 10yo is okay-ish. But it is much more interesting to spend your hard earned cask on the 12yo or the Three Wood.

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