with water: with two drops nothing changes, I would omit the water
Conclusion: really a malt from another time, even if he "only" from the 70s / 80s comes. A completely different style than today. much more grass, hay and herbs. So that's a typically freewheeled Lowlander for me. No high flyer, rather solid, but very interesting
a very different style than today, bright, fruit, slightly grassy, hay, herbs, lots of lemon, subtle oak, some wax (OBF?)
light, bright fruits, lemon, herbs, a little vanilla and a few spices, especially carnation
very short, bright fruit, the clove is more pronounced, some oak and vanilla
Okay, so this is not a grand whisky per se, but being a 12 Year Old Auchentoshan, this is a dram to reckon with. Much better than current releases. I was told that there are many batch variations (meaning some are not as good as this one), so I am happy I opened this version, that was bottled for the Italian market. For the record, it is also the 900th whisky that I have tasted since keeping records in October 2009. My liver is not (yet) protesting.
I initially feared some OBE, but that was not the case, thank the Maker. Au contraire. The nose is very fresh and fruity, slighty waxy and silky soft. I get a load of citrus, gooseberries and almonds. Limoncello with a hint of caramal and honey.
On the palate it is soft and fruity as well. A perfect continuation of the nose with the emphasis on lemon. Extremely quaffable.
The finish is quite long and wonderfully crisp.
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