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On the 16th of June, Auchentoshan held its Open Day, where this Valinch 2012 Festival Edition was presented. It is the successor of the acclaimed Valinch, that is considered to be the cask strength edition of the Classic. Thanks to my friend Paul, who visited the distillery, I was able to get two bottles of the Valinch 2012. I taste it next to the original release (at 57,5%).
You can immediately tell on the nose that this is a young whisky, somewhat nervous. Less round than the previous release, I think. But still very sweet on vanilla and citrus. Porrigde, roasted barley and eucalyuptus. Fresh wood shavings. Leaving it to breath does wonders. Becomes fruitier. I get some sultanas. Light peppery touch.
It is creamy and powerful. Good body. Picquant. Immediately fruity notes from oranges, peel included, and raisins appear. Clearly young, but that does not spoil the fun in this case.
The finish is pleasantly long, honeysweet and dies on coconut.
Yes, this Valinch 2012 is a dram to be enjoyed on an Indian summer night on the terrace. Can cope with water, but does not need any. I found last year’s release just a tad better.