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Auchentoshan 1975

Overall rating
91.28/100
votes
45
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
07.05.1975
Bottled
08.03.2011
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask Matured
Number of bottles
500
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 May 2011 9:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1340.95

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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan 1975

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2020] It is a hot summer night so I selected this old Lowland out of my sample library (because it is way too hot for heavy drams)...

    ...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.
    • Nose
      92 92
      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)...
    • Taste
      93 93
      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.
    • Finish
      90 90
      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.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    N: buttercream, toffee, white chocolate, musty oak, honeysuckle, dunnage, mango lassi, starburst, vanilla cake. Soft and elegant. Incredible nose.

    P: medium to light body with beautiful notes of mango, honey, milk and white chocolate

    F: brown sugar, coffee cake, clotted cream, soft and medium-short finish

    Thoughts: A beautiful and elegant Auchentoshan, and you wouldn’t dare add water. Nose is incredible, could sniff this for hours. The perfect amount of oak with no bitterness.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I like this a lot, the yo yo fruit angle, the spice, the balance and the way the flavours keep evolving.
    If there was not a very slight orange peel bitterness this would be in the mid 90's.
    I have always liked Toshan, the old 21 year is a favourite of mine but this wonder knocks it out the park.

    Any peat head or sherry head who wants to get a Lowland education and who thinks Auchentoshan whisky is beneath them, try this one, go on I dare you? :)

    Best Toshan I have tried in years, for me this is better neat and I had a good sized sample to play around with.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried orange peel, very faint hint of menthol, barley sugar and plenty of dried grass/straw notes.
      You know there is some stewed fruit in the mix but it can't get out as the grass note masks it.
      There is a an almost burnt brown sugar smell after a few minutes. crème brulee anyone?
      There is so much going on I am struggling to describe, you can tell it's old by the constantly changing smells from the glass.
      This is a little unusual, but very interesting all the same?
      You need to leave this one in the glass for at least 5 minutes as it definitely improves once the air has got to it.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Spicy sweet, barley sugar, butterscotch, mulled wine spices, oranges soaked in mulled wine and them it gets sweeter and the spice kicks in with it.
      Great interplay of flavours and as you go on the sweetness subsides but then comes back in waves and neat it is almost like there is first a big wave of flavour followed by lots of fruity ripples of mainly orange, mango & papaya.
      In amongst the fruit & spice there is a peat kick which gives it more punch which is welcome
    • Finish
      92 92
      remains slightly sweet & spicy, your palate is coated your tongue fizzes and there is a lovely warm sweet finish, just great.

      I am hoping that water may improve this even more so here goes.

      Nose:-
      Definitely better with 4 drops of water, still constantly changing.

      Palate:-
      Sweeter, thicker, more spice but a little less fruit which as you go on becomes more noticeable to the point that the fruit has been knocked out the park or so I thought but, if you hold the liquid in your mouth the sweetness is there but also a grassy dryness.

      Finish:-
      Shorter but not by much but just as pleasantly warming with the spice remaining.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Very fruity and drinkable
    • Nose
      91 91
      Green banana, honey, vanilla, more green fruits, carambole, little quince, green grapes, hints of tropical fruits too - very good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, good sweetness, more green fruits, vanilla again, some honey, a bit more leafy, spices, pepper, little oak wood - still very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, more spicy, zesty, little herbal

  5. Gusto scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Now dear Markjedi: it is bourbonny, of the very beautiful kind, like a bourbon, simply that it is wonderfully complex, not single-track like most bourbons that give themselves like a sherry bomb. Delicious.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A bit of strange with a mix of cardboard and tea aromas , maybe there is something I don’t get there not to my liking

  7. Foamy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Sublime stuff, fresh, fruity, light, jasmine and lychee tea aroma’s, almost ‘perfume-ish’. Very enjoyable!

  8. sssun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A nice bourbon cask whisky, with sweet malt. A clean and gentle Auchentoshan.
    • Nose
      Sweet malt, vanilla, green apple, muskmelon, woody, butter, and tangerine.
    • Taste
      Muskmelon, sweet malt, mint, lemon, pepper, tangerine peer, butter, chocolate, and little tannic.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet malt, vanilla, chocolate, woody, and tannic.

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is a peerless Auchentoshan, period!
    • Nose
      The nose... oh... the Nose! To call this one 'bourbonny' would be unfair. It's much better than that. I get butterscotch ice cream with acacia honey, raisin rum and three sorts of vanilla, if such a thing exists. I've never had such a beautiful nose on a bourbon matured Auchentoshan before. It keeps developing in the glass. Toffee and some licquorice. A spoonful of mint. Grand, deep and simply delicious, this nose is. I'm not sure I'm going to drink it. Seems to be a shame...
    • Taste
      It starts very soft on the palate, with citrus in the lead. But soon the sweet honey takes control and caresses the tastebus in all the creaminess it can muster. Fudge, sweet malt, a touch of oak and a pinche of cinnamon round out the whole. Exquisite balance. This makes even the most experienced Toshan Man's jaw drop. Typically Auchentoshan, yet so much more. Words cannot do this whisky justice.
    • Finish
      If only the finish were a little longer, this would be the perfect whisky. The finish is rather soft and let's the sweet malt do all the talking.

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