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The whisky

List of the bottles

Arran: official bottlings

Auchentoshan

Select

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
(triple distillation)
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77/100
auchentoshan 10

The colour is gold. The nose is simple and very floral and evokes violet, lavender, liquorice and drop.
The palate is sweet and strongly marked by the violet with a finish of average length.
The very precise violet fragrance is surprising, and very pleasant. However it gives an impression to be artificial.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The smell is relatively neutral, but not unpleasant. A certain lack of complexity. The typical hints of a Lowland, like freshness and cut grass are not present in this single malt. May be due to triple distillation...? The pleasant taste leaves an feeling of incompleteness. The rather long finish is pleasant too. A good whisky, but without the complexity which would make it a great whisky.
79/100
A rather discrete and pleasant nose announces a pleasant taste. The palate is discrete too, with some malt hints, mixed with a rather neutral taste which is difficult to describe (flower taste?), followed by a pleasant finish, which seemed to me to be shorter than during the first tasting. However, the rating and the conclusion are not amended: a good whisky.
79/100
During the third tasting, a certain lack at diversity in the taste and a lack at surprise were predominant. A rather disappointing whisky, unless its evident qualities.
74/100
The nose is rather discrete and floral. In the palate, this whisky is sweet and relatively simple, without complexity and the nose is confirmed. The finish is rather short.
74/100

Auchentoshan

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
(driple distillation)
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77/100
Auchentoshan 10 ans
This bottling seems to be the successor ot the "Select" edition, bottled at 43%
Personal Comment
A nose with some farm hints, wet hay, a touch of peat and some discrete smoke, salted and iodine hints, some oak aromas, announcing some interesting complexity. The mouth is not as interesting than the nose was, quite linear with a woody dominance and some acid touches. No fault and no surprise. Just pleasant. The pleasure seems to increase again with the finish, quite long with some bitter retro-olfaction effects and a touch of liquorice.
79/100
Apperance: Neat yellow gold, clear Nose: Light nose. Slightly winey, spicy, mossy and citric with some strokes of ethyl alcohol and acetone. Hints of autumn leaves and sweet liqourice like in the 12 y.o. only less pronounced than my recollection of that one. It's fresh and clean but sort of light and neutral, a petite aroma. Body: Light Palate: Semi-sweet, malty and fresh, a very pleasant and drinkable whisky. Very light to begin with, the middle intensifies and the finish is surprisingly long with some chocolate and spicy overtones. It's a nice dram, but the lack of depth and personality is regrettable. I would love to try a cask strength, non chill-filtered version.
74/100


Auchentoshan

Triple Wood

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Bourbon, Sherry Oloroso, Sherry Pedro Jimenez
Particularity
(triple distillation)
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81/100
Auchentoshan Three wood
Aging happened in three different casks: Bourbon, Sherry Oloroso and Pedro Jimenez.
The colour is gold with greenish glints. The nose evokes orange zest, apricot, Marshmallow.
The malt is perfumed with hints of coconut, lemon-grass and fresh leather.
The finish is oily, with some nice dry hints.
A nice interaction of smells and tastes, however the whisky is really difficult to bring out, due to all the aromas coming from the ageing in different casks.
Personal Comment

The nose reveals a complex whole of delicate and pleasant smells. This whisky is clearly more complex than other Lowland malts. The typical freshness of whiskies of this area is not really present. On the other hand, the taste buds are pleasantly delighted by all the nuances, however sometimes vague. A long peppery finish crowns this exceptional malt, even if not really representative of the origin area.
84/100
An unusual smell for a single malt. Far away from the freshness Lowlands used us to, this whisky smells like malt, but with some clear leather hints, and may be some touches of dried fruits. In the palate, sherry hints on a malted background. A rather long finish, with a hint of acidity, but coming back soon on the malt. An interesting whisky, but without complexity and surprise.
74/100
The nose reveals clearly the presence of sherry, with some meaty hints and peppery notes. A nice complexity. In the palate, first a malty smoothness which developes quickly on more acid notes, sometimes not really pleasant, somethiing like gastic acid... with however nice spicy notes which overule this unpleasant feeling, and at the end, some smoke. The finish is long and pleasant, with both malty sweetness and nutty bitterness.
79/100
The nose is clearly marked by sherry and interesting hints of meat juice and plum jam.
In the palate, sherry remains quite present and mixes very well with ripe fruit notes. Nicely balanced, fruity with some chocolate hints. Nice complexity, and surprisingly no wood taste at all, even if one could expect some due to the impression of old sherry matured whisky suggested by the nose.
The finish is refined and smooth and both fruity and sherryish hints remain for a while.
84/100

Date of tasting: 11/11 2008 Apperance: Polished mahogany Nose: Astonishingly prickly neat (astonishing because of the low ABV and expected sherry influence) which makes it difficult to appreciate it. Quite sulphury and woody with burnt rubber, vomit, digestive bisquits and a feint sandalwood hint. Below that, some more sherry influence like winey notes- oloroso I think, dried fruits and chocolate, then the alcohol takes charge again. Diluted dram is slightly fresher with some more fruity and fragrant elements. Some vanilla, candied oranges and a wiff of sweet liqourice. Body: Medium Palate: Sweetish but drying towards the finish. Quite pleasant, reasonably full bodied with a decent length. Some woody bitterness towards the end. The flavour is a bit more mellow then the aroma, but not more inspiring. Good, but not like a well sherried Speysider.
83/100

Auchentoshan: echantillons

Auchentoshan

Best casks of Scotland 1995

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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84/100
Personal Comment
A typical Lowlands whisky nose, with the traditional discretion and the usual hints of cut grass, hay and ripe fruits (pear, peach), the whole expressing a great fresness. In the palate, everything just confirms the first nose. This is a whisky with a great freshness, keeping however lots of character. The finish is pleasant and lingering, and nice malty notes mix discreetly with the flavours described above, and after a while, some mentholated notes appear, before developing on slightly spicy ones.
84/100

Auchentoshan

Best Casks of Scotland 1999

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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84/100
Personal Comment
Color: White wine
A nose of intense spicy freshness. Frank notes of citrus, touches of mint, and some fruity aromas give this nose a very pleasantly complex character.
A fresh palate as well. The citrus notes of the nose are present initially. Nice presence of fruit and spices as well. Discrete touches of nuts. Nice complexity, and despite the slight bitterness, it is clearly the freshness that dominates everything.
The finish is long and just as cool as were the mouth and nose, even if here also a slight bitterness is present.
A great surprise. Not particularly a fan of Auchentoshan, I find this remarkable bottle of exquisite.
84/100

Auchentoshan

Dun Eideann 1996, Oloroso

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
42 %
Bottler
Dun Eideann
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
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79/100
Personal Comment
The nose is marked by yeast smells hiding hints of cut grass and a smooth mix of malt and citrus fruit. In the palate, a nice mix of sensations, even if it remains on a rather limited palette. Some acidity, some ripe fruit, some bitterness. The finish is first pleasantly bitter (walnut) and rather long. Remains going from walnut to fruit and back again. A very interesting bottle.
79/100

Auchentoshan

27 years

Collection
Single Cask Series
Age
27 years
Alcohol percentage
58 %
Bottler
Master of Malt
Cask
ex-bourbon
Dates
Distil: 11-12-1984 Bottling: 20-11-2012
Bottle
2 of 209 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2013-02 83/100
Auchentoshan 27
Personal Comment
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Mars
Nose: Nice fruity, delicate, exotic and very fresh flavors. Some aromas of white wine (mutated or sauternes). A little lemon zest and especially an aroma that I can not name(I tasted it before but can't name it). This aroma is growing throughout the tasting.

Taste: Citrus Zest, nice bitterness, spices. And still this unknow but so delicious flavor.

Finale: The unknow aroma explodes in the palace with every sip and remains for a very long time in the mouth (even after eating or drinking something else). I would describe this flavor as a mixture of tea, honey, flowers, star fruit, milk, coconut and lime.

Comments: I love it, there are no other words. It is not very complex and you have to love this flavor but I like it. I need a bottle, absolutely.

92/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Jmputz
Color: light gold
The nose is very fresh and very pleasant. Hints of black fruit (cassis), a slight bitterness and medicinal traces (Vicks ointment style). The whole is quite complex and announces a for the least original whisky.
The first attack is very spectacular. One great freshness, we find jumble lemon, violet, mint. We feel that the alcohol percentage is high, but it does not interfere with anything, quite the contrary. Tastes seem supported by the presence of alcohol, indicating a perfect integration of alcohol. A fireworks of tastes and yet a great impression éqilibre.
We would have liked the final a bit longer, but the memory of freshness and complexity is present and fades gradually to make room for some notes slightly bitter.
90/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Malt1972
Colour: gold
Nose: lots of sweetness, like a walking into a candy store. Fully filled fruit basket with lychees, pineapples and coconuts. Some liquorice as well.
Taste: wow, tropical fruit bomb! Mouth coating, very smooth. Juicy apples intermingled with passion fruit.
Finish: silky and warming. Taste fades away very slowly. Complex.

Comment: I personally like this sweet fruit style whisky a lot. Not very common, but delicious. I would love to buy a bottle!

90/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Whiskywardrobe
“Between 15 and 20 years, above 55% and maybe bourbon cask. I would pay for this one no more than 100€”
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (87): (4)average. honey, alcohol, citrus, spices, vanilla, floral.
Taste (89): powerful, oily. honey, liquorice, citrus, spices, floral. Bottled at high strength.
Finish (88): (5)longer than average. floral, liquorice.

88/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Savoureur
appearance: Riesling
nose: medium intensity, fairly well integrated alcohol, marzipan, Haribo sweets, fresh grains, alcoholic freshness
taste medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, malty, citrus, soft pepper, nut skin, the flavors are present from the beginning to the end of the taste
finish: medium

87/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Dagde
Nose: Alcohol is fairly high and it was difficult to discern scents. They seem quite fused with honey, a bit of apple and vanilla. There is also a little cinnamon and a pinch of pepper. The opening brings a little chestnut and violet sweets. This remains the final cool enough without being ethereal. An interesting nose.

Palate: oily texture with a little vanilla, but also chestnut floral touches to the mid-palate (violet candy). Alcohol is a little present. Adding water brings out the honey. Flower notes arrive at the entrance of the mouth, then this is the malt that comes with chestnut cream. Shame we feel a little alcohol in the middle of flavors. When it is diluted, the more candy spring, taking precedence over the rest.

Finale: It has a more traditional shift: notes of malt and spices (the same as the nose) that always accompany its floral notes. A good length which allows aftertaste back duo chestnut-violet.

Comment: whisky very marked by the violet which may put off some. We regret the onset of alcohol in the mouth but the duo candy-chestnut flowers is very original.
87/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Singlemalt71
Nose: Much alcohol, nice spiced, very fruity and vanilla (sweet). After a while even more wood tones (roasted).

Taste: Slightly sourness with a combination of bitterness and sweetness and very spicy.

Finish: Long, spicy with a little bit of bitterness (wood tones) at the end.

87/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Jean-Michel
Colour: Pale straw.

Nose: Powerful! And flinty! And delicately fruity! A Lowlander? No: Given time, you can catch some elegant whiffs of peat. Given more time, it becomes softer, like entering in a bakery. Hot sponge cake flavoured with lemon peels. And given even more time, becomes flowery and quite herbal. The softness of the rose mixed with the rusticity of gentian root. Sounds strange, but I like it!

Mouth: Oh oh oh! Lots of violet ala Bowmore 80s in there, indeed, but surprisingly, it doesn’t disturb me more than that. Actually, this is soft and mellow like a rose Turkish Delight, which is quite amazing given the rather high ABV (55% ?). Punchy and mellow at the same time. You could quaff liters of this without noticing.

Finish: Long long long, with quite some bitter herbs.

Comment: I’m worried: Am I beginning to enjoy violet in my whisky? Well, I guess this one has something special. Complexity?

87/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Cocojazzsta
Colour: Straw
Nose: fruity, woody and spicy, pear, peach, pineapple, nuts (almonds, raisins), tart apple sweets (pine sawdust), spicy (ginger, cardamom) oil (candle wax) and dairy (almond milk)
Palate: fresh and surprising for a whisky, slightly sweet, sour apple candies lemon pineapple, resinous notes (sap, pine) quite present, quite powerful long on dry fruits (almonds) and resin.
the final which is a little on the resin is not to my taste. The note would have been higher, there is complexity and interest in this malt
85/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Jeep
Nose: Many difficulties to engage. Cereals, malt, toast, some fruit (plum, pear). With a little water, it is much more floral.
Palate: Warm, alcohol is present. It's young. Very spicy. Viiolet too. With a few drops of water, it is much more rounded and delicious: salted butter caramel, toffee and still this purple
Final: Rather short on spices ... and violet.
Conclusion: Not bad, but not my thing. Is very similar to the witch bottlings JB 2012. 82 +
82/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Jbrice
Nose: slightly fruity (confit) and floral. Many violet. A little vanilla. A bit of minerality expresses itself at aeration. Pleasant.

Palate: Peat and violet sweets! Slightly sickening.

Finish: Quite long on a frangipane with violet!

Comments: A very specialand atypical malt profile . Violet, I love and I hate. In this case, I find it correct even if it does not make a fantastic whisky (balance nose and mouth).
81/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Tomy63
Colour: pale gold.
Nose: quite closed, a little alcohol, surely a powerful whisky. It gets a little better with water, some green fruits, especially cereals and sugar. Very expressive.
Palate: powerful (not far from the 55%?), Floral, lots of purple. A Bowmore from the 80's without peat. I did not feel the violet at the nose yet. A little sugar and malt too.
Finish: Good length but too much violet.
This whisky is not very pleasant because of the taste of violets everywhere.
80/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Flonews
Color: clear

Nose: Light, floral, with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Powerful and immediately marked by violet. Few things are expressed after floral wave.

Final: average, still violet with a slight pastry return.

I have little opportunity to cross whiskys marked by the famous perfume of violets. The last was a Bowmore. But no trace of smoke here. This is an original whisky, with a certain consistency between the nose and mouth. It does not however offer a vast range of aromas. Once the surprise of the violet past, one remains unsatisfied. Rest originality.
80/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Piazzolla
Nose: Butter. Caramel. Tarte tatin. Seems greedy but somewhat artificial. Powdered (icing sugar). Varnish discreet.
Palate: Surprisingly because rather herbaceous notes that extend in an elegant way. Quite different from the nose. Not bad but a bit monolithic. Mint. Beautiful quite fluid texture.
Final: almost short on a Japanese red bean dessert
Conclusion: This malt is a kind of enigma because the nose is very different from the mouth. It could be a lowland in my opinion. Deserves closer attention, or more for lovers of that style!
79/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Wiski
Colour: Pale gold.

Nose: The nose is quite woody (oak), lemon (with zest), vanilla. The malt is slightly peaty and smoky. Enough grass anyway. Costs.

Taste: Very bubbly in the attack on free iodine notes and a slight underlying peat. Exotic fruits. Herbaceous. Adding a water feature brings a bit more mellow, but the iodineand dry character quickly regained the upper hand. Still on exotic fruits (citrus, lemons, grapefruit).

Finale: On the old wood drier, salty, tangy.
79/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Mapi
Pale gold color

Nose: Gourmand with sweet notes. It then passes to the marzipan. Then comes what will be the central axis of that whisky: a floral presence that will continue to grow. It is right in a too monolithic feminine fragrance and this point it becomes uncomfortable.

Mouth: it is primarily a fluid texture before an explosion of flavors. One has the impression of absorbing a perfume bottle, the same feeling in the nose. All this is an exaggeration, lack of precision, finesse and elegance. Too much.

Finale: Just a relief it was time for it to stop. I find myself as having crossed the street a woman who fell into a perfume bottle, the relief after the excesses.
79/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Pierrebzh
Colour: rather pale straw yellow

Nose: floral and vegetal with a hint of spice and light varnished. A sweet note is also there (sweet honey). A nose that opens progressively fine and balanced but rather elusive. The more time passes, the more I think the nose floral / sweet, gets pleasant

Palate: Extremely disconcerting, I have not tasted such a whisky so far, seems to have a honey sweet / plant in the mouth, I admit it is difficult to identify the whole but aromatically there are many things but this does not inevitably affect me, it has almost a medicine side ...

Finish: Medium with still this side "vegetal candy" in mouth
78/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de RX21
Color: Straw
Nose: Flowers
Mouth: Violette flowers sweets
Finish: Disgusting

78/100
WDTS2013-02
Commentaire de Roblanza
color: light gold
nose: vanilla, sugar coated bananas, vanilla
taste: flavors of vanilla and sweets, the finish is sweet (maybe too) but balanced by spiciness

77/100

Auchentoshan

1991, Chateau Montrose Wine finish

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
59,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Chateau Montrose finish
Cask number
single cask 492
Dates
Distil: 20/02/1991 Bottling: 03/2009
Bottle
96 btls
Particularity
cask strength
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70/100
Auchentoshan 1991 mos
Personal Comment
First nose impression is an unpleasant yeast odour which unfortunately does not disappear making room for nicer scents.
A strange taste of herring seems to dominate the rest of the tastes in the mouth. But after a while, I was force to note that there is no other taste... Very strange taste indeed. Certainly far away from those I appreciate. Is this due to the triple distillation in combination with this wine finish...?
Finish is of medium length and is not much better than the mouth was...
Bottle to avoid, in my opinion.
70/100

Auchentoshan

1984, Bourbon Barrel

Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
54,9 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon barrel
Cask number
single cask 13012
Dates
Distil: 12-1984 Bottling: 12-2012
Bottle
129 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Personal Comment
Color: Pale yellow
A smell of hay mixed with grass clippings with over a hint of yeast. Mint and discreet veil of moisture. The nose is fresh and relatively pleasant.
On the palate, it retains the same freshness, but more complex than the nose. Sharp notes of sour candy on violet give a special character to this whisky. After a firework in the mouth, we are dealing with a scrolling fresh and fruity notes / floral with a nice balance. The mouth is a very nice surprise after the rather flat nose .
The finish is the perfect extension of the mouth, and the taste of sweet violet persists quite long.
88/100

Auchentoshan

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
links & average quote
90/100
Auchentoshan 12

Personal Comment
This is quite an unusual bottling of Auchentoshan as I understand it. A friend of mine picked it up in a duty free shop on a Sweden-Finland cruize ship. I've only tasted the 10 y.o. before, which I wasn't too impressed with. As I recal, it was quite bland and uninteresting. This one however is a totally different story altogether. Apperance: Surprisingly dark Copper. Nose: Straight nose is round and full. Appetizing. Cola like scents with a wiff of liquorice. Balanced saltyness and sweetness. Earthy scents blend with pear-mints. Reduced nose lends some more citric hints. Quite complex and balanced aromas. Cereal, estery, woody, winey and feinty hints mix in a very interesting nose. Body: Medium light Palate: Some liquorice carries over, otherwi! se pretty fruity and winey. A little bran with almonds. The finish is long and sweet. Very pleasant dram alltogether.
90/100

Auchentoshan

un chillfiltered collection 1992

Collection
Un-chillfiltered Collection
Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Signatory
Cask
Bourbon
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
links & average quote
74/100
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

15 years, for La Maison du Whisky

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
60 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1989
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
95/100
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Murray McDavid
Dates
Distil: 1992 Bottling: 2004
links & average quote
79/100
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

Wine Cask Finish

Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
51 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Bourbon & Bordeaux
Bottle
3600 btls
Particularity
(8 years Bourbon then 9 years Bordeaux)
links & average quote
BT2007 0/100
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

18 years

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
81/100
Auchentoshan 18
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

The Valinch 2011

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
57,5 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
84/100
auchentoshan valinch
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

1991, Bourbon barrel

Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
52,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon barrel
Cask number
single cask 13016
Dates
Distil: 04-1991 Bottling: 02-2013
Bottle
165 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 85/100
Personal Comment

Auchentoshan

21 years, 1973

Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1973
links & average quote
Forum 80/100
Personal Comment

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