...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.
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)!
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.
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).