As a big fan of Auchentoshan whisky I could not wait to taste this offering.. I have heard so many good reviews about this special whisky so could it really be that good ? could a lowland, subtle whisky really mature so well in a sherry cask, especially being a first fill, and still hold up.. Well let’s see…..
Auchentoshan 1979 has spent a whopping 32 years in a first fill oloroso sherry cask. Bottled at 50.5% it has the most wonderful ruby red colour..
Nose.. O boy.. This is on another level. Where do I start, it’s fantastic. First you get a massive dried fruit and candied orange aroma, it is so intense it really does take you on a journey. Spices come in waves, and just keep coming, honey, vanilla and oak just finish off this fantastic array of scents..
Palate.. The journey just takes another twist, the mouth feel is so smooth, your tongue tingles with the taste of eastern luxuries, dates, figs, raisins and Turkish delight. You can only dream of these full on flavours.. Dark chocolate, liquorice and citrus flavours just tease your tongue all the time insisting to be noticed. Vanilla, caramel and honey give it a lovely sweetness, along with cinnamon and soft tobacco flavours that just make you smile.
Finish… It is long.. It is bold.. It is fantastically malty. It is rich and so very satisfying.
Thoughts… Auchentoshan is well known to be floral and full of delicate flavours. This is so opposite, it shouts come and try me, love me, drink me…. From the very point you open this bottle to the point you actually finish your first sip you have been on so many journeys. It Takes you back to your childhood sitting at the bottom of this really big Christmas tree, every second your filled with more and more excitement and all you want to do is just unwrap it, cuddle it, play with it… Then you are whisked away to the Middle East, into a Bedouin tent, a nomadic tribe entertain your every wish, everything eastern makes your mouth water. This really is a malt that words do not do justice.. Perfection really does not come around very often, when it does you have to grab it with both hands… I grabbed two !!