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Overall rating
84.50/100
votes
4
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Vintage
05.1997
Bottled
03.2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
HL 15754
Number of bottles
249
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060354264775
Added on
12 May 2019 8:40 am by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 98,79

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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan 1997 HL

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] The summer is back with sunshine and warm temperatures so I will have a light summer whisky tonight - and I selected this Auchentoshan because it was quite some time ago I had my last 'toshan and because this one got rather chequered ratings here at WB...

    ...which happens often due to the light profile of Auchentoshan. This bottling is both flawless and delicate, I like to explore its profile and I certainly enjoy to quaff it during a warm indian summer night.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a delicate profile of home-grown fruits (apples, pears, berries) as well as citric fruits with honey, toffee and spicy aromas in a balanced mix (I use a big spheric blender's glass). Later some waxy and earthy notes join in. This is very subtle, just the way a 'toshan should be - I like it. After significant breathing time the delicate fruity-honey aromas grow bolder and offer an impressive nosing experience, so take your time with this dram. By the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass this nose is much less impressive, I would rate it three to four points lower. What a diffference a glass makes (this is most important with subtle and complex drams)!
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is layered on delicious molten barley sugars first which are contained in a spicy wooden setting. After that the home-grown fruits pop up before a waxy-chalky impression creates an old-style note. The spices grow stronger from layer to layer which is tasty but the wood never dominates. This dram is greatly chewable and releases a spiced milk chocolate note this way. No flaw or imbalance that I can find.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals) that is not distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the bitter-herbal side (tobacco, herbs) which complements the tasting profile nicely. A minor drying feeling develops towards the end but it is not distracting either. Water releases more old-stylish aromas in the nose (waxes, oils) and turns the taste smoother hence even more quaffable. But the layers intermingle now that is why I like to explore the neat dram first before adding some water to quaff another measure (at about 43% abv).

  2. Iron133 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

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