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Auchentoshan Valinch 2012 Release

Lemony candy

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

9th Feb 2015


  • Nose
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  • Finish
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The Valinch 2012 is the perfect dram for anyone with a sweet-tooth. A Beautiful pale gold, non chill-filtered, cask strength lowlander in a really nice kinda flattened bottle.

The nose is very pleasant and has quite alot going on. At first I'm hit with Sour candy, big vanilla and lemon meringue pie. Keeping on i get notes of oak, peach, green grapes, sweet wheat biscuits, White wine and pine and it's all incredibly creamy. Some of the more odd notes I'm picking up are grass, yeast and buttery sour-dough bread

The palate has a quite intensely sweet arrival, White wine, a bit floral, mild grapefruit, sweet dough. It is very round though high ABV. Water brings out maltyness and really rounds of the sweetness and tang, making it a more subtle malty taste.

A long, lingering finish is at first zesty and a bit hot with a slight peppery note. after a moment it gives way to sweet yellow melon, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rounds of with a pronounced taste of lemondrops. You know, the hard candies! A real lemony zing

It's not the most complex whisky but heavily on the sweet side. And I really like it! If youre looking for peat or brine or Earth - look elsewhere. If you're looking for a real sweet treat that still has alot to offer on within its own realm. Look no further than the Valinch 2012.

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Alexsweden commented

Still holds up well beyond a year after opening. This certainly is one to enjoy at cask strength without water to enjoy the tangy citrus at it's most powerful

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