It's about time to return to the Lowlands, a whisky region often overlooked and underestimated by connoisseurs. Auchentoshan 18 is reminiscent of a flower garden with ripe citrus fruits, pipe tobacco and hints of green tea. Crème brûlée, milk chocolate and oak spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) unfold a complex aroma. Spicy and gingery in the arrival, the taste develops mildly bitter and grainy with notes of vanilla, brown sugar and roasted nuts. The finish is understated, cask-dominated and fades quickly. All in all, a sound but fairly overpriced Single Malt.
RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
[December, 2013] I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5. I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.
Fresh tobacco leaves, sweet like caramelized sugar. Green tea and roasted almonds. Full-bodied and soft on the tongue. Floral notes. Sweet cereal note and a hint of lemon. Long-lasting, perfectly balanced between vanilla and oak flavor.
Hmmmm what should I do with you? In which drawer can you be pigeonholed? Difficult because it is versatile. He's not bad and I liked him, but somehow his "indecision" just doesn't hit my mood. Let's see if I'll be more positively surprised the next time.
Initially a smoky note that reminds me of cigarettes. But "fresh tobacco is somehow not like that. Behind it sugar sweetness and a little ground nuts (as a baking ingredient).
A little bit spicy, a little sweet, a little woody, a little bit fresh and fruity make a big whole.
Longer than average, rather spicy and getting a touch of malty. A faint, spicy tingling sensation remains in the throat.