Today’s review is taking a trip back to my beloved Auchentoshan distillery in order to review the latest offering from the bottle your own. Over the last few years I have purchased quite a few of these bottles and so far I have had some stunning bottles, this is my first single cask oloroso cask in the bottle your own collection so I have high hopes for it… This bottle was distilled and filled into the cask on the 23-9-2004 and bottled on the 25-2-2016, this is cask no 935 and it is bottled at a whopping cask strength of 59.6%abv..
Nose.. your nose instantly gets hit with wave upon wave of big dried fruits like dates, sultanas and prunes, citrus peel and candied burnt orange, dark chocolate and coffee notes muscle their way in while subtle vanilla and toffee notes tag on the back of molasses and thick gooey honey.
Palate… Big bold and incredibly clean flavours fill your mouth, dried fruits galore, big candied orange flavours with bitter chocolate and subtle oak flavours. After a while you start to get liquorice and some ginger, subtle Black cherry and a heavenly sweetness that reminds me of black treacle smothered over pancake.
Finish.. Big and long.
Thoughts.. I know I love this distillery and sometimes I can be blinkered but this really is a great cask. The flavours are just so intense and full on, Auchentoshan have this knack of giving us finished whisky that is really good, the red wine casks are blending very well with the tripple distilled whisky, but when it comes to their sherry cask they really do stand out.. Looks like I need to revisit the distillery very soon as these bottles will not last long..