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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan 2000 SMWS 5.60
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.32 points
So why didn’t we start with this commonly recognised lighter-styled malt? There’s nothing like a favourable rousing finish, and given the strength, this can easily hold its own.
N: In true Auchie style, we’ve rose water marmalade with bourbon-y vanilla [and only a little cardboard]. Furthermore, there’s dark roast coffee beans and husky cocoa - surely straight from the barley.
T: A touch of marzipan, savoury French Fancies< custard creams and a floral sweetness. The oloroso influence comes much later.
F: Sweet, butyric vanilla, cake icing decorations,.... but every sip brings new delights.
C: This is a keeper. Oh I see I had this before. I preferred it even more today, though it’s one that stuck with me last time also.
Scores a B
- A successful dram presenting a different kind of Auchentoshan. The distillery profile is still very present in the nose, but loses some flavor and the sherry barrel takes over. I like the whisky pretty much. Could also replace a dessert wine very well.
First, classic Auchentoshan notes dominate: rose water and strawberry jam, followed by warm sherry notes: cinnamon, dessert wine, dark fruits preserved in rum, pipe tobacco and leather polish.
The taste is slightly dry with sweet gingerbread, rum balls, coffee liqueur and vanilla pudding.
The finish is long, warming and strengthens the astringent element of the taste. Towards the end sweeter notes take over, like Mon Cherie and apples in Calvados.
- I found this balanced and rich of personality.
- a malt that needs a lot of time
first sugar sweet, cherry liqueur, then spicy oak, sweet perfume with lilac notes
closed at first, then stronger, honey, beeswax, very complex
very long with intense trailing flavors like honey and leather
- Then an Auchentoshan with Oloroso was whitewashed or saved; Pocket Coffee and Mon Cherrie and "Leaton" are the result; the floral, grassy and soft spirit is no longer recognizable; still okay; nice and spicy with a classic sherry profile; Other interesting flavors are: treetop with resin, cough syrup, Riccola sugar, lilac, maybe even rose water;
After several tastings: thumbs up! 88+ / 89
Spicy sherry, acidity, red fruits in rum, spicy oloro notes, coffee liqueur;
Spicy and sherrylastig, again acid / oak, red Rumfrüchte, apples? Coffee shop; "Leaton" Vitamin Juice; flat mouthfeel - at the first sip, later massively stronger;
Sherry, red fruit and oak; Notes of Café, warming, medium long;
- The mouth and finish are unfortunately not as balanced as in the 5.56 and the alcohol is a bit too intense for me. Nevertheless this exotic fruity character in the nose is quite impressive and leaves a memory at least.
Very similar to the 5.56 in the nose but it is a bit more balanced from my point of view.
The mouth remains fruity but you have a bit of a wooden influence.
The finish is a bit bitter and wooden and not very well balanced from my point of view.
T: Further curiousness from this unusually perfumed subtle, soft & odd profile. We like!
F: Short finish. Decent form.
C: Initially not so impressive, but it edges closer to the Glen Scotia [score-wise] by the minute. Perhaps the most characterful Auchentoshan I’ve had. This has stayed on my mind for weeks now.
Scores a C+