...and this subtle and complex 'toshan is the perfect dram for such a night and most probably the best Auchentoshan I had so far. Very interesting to explore and mucho quaffable. Is it worth the heavy bucks? Well, it all depends on how deep your pockets are.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a delicate and subtle profile of great complexity, as expected. There are a lot of fruits (mostly home-grown like apple, pears), butterscotch biscuit, dozens of different summer floral impressions and fine old waxes and oils. The wood is rather shy what it should be in such a case - because otherwise it buries a lot of these delicate aromas under its heavy weight. This truly is a benchmark old-style Lowlander's nose and I like it a lot. One to sniff for hours (use a big spheric blender's glass)...
The taste is multi-layered on fruits, cakes, spices, oils, molten sugars, fruits again, white chocolate and and and... I enjoy chewing and exploring this dram very much, but I really enjoy drinking it too. No flaw or imbalance that I can find, there is just harmony and perfection. Some water releases chalky-mineral notes in the nose which turn it even more old-stylish but like so often the layers of the taste intermingle now. That is why I certainly prefer the neat dram.
The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more herbal flavours with a slightly bitter ending which is tasty (as an additional impression). A minor drying moment (cardboards) pops up too, but it is nicely contained by the sweet and waxy flavours of the malt.