Auchentoshan Valinch 2011

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
North American Bourbon Oak
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L112196 132
Added on
02 Jun 2011 1:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 251.27

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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan Valinch 2011

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.48 points

  1. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Moderator

    Ralfy review 279: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j39HE1K6yas (90/100).

    "Very contemporary and a heavy flavour. Big full full flavour for what is generally regarded to be a light whisky."

  2. CST1986 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful whisky for a very good price. Very dangerous, as this is one of the most drinkable and easily-approachable cask strength bottlings you can buy. It'd be even "better" with an age statement. For not disclosing its age I'll subtract one point from my rating.
    • Nose
      Without water: Pungent, sweet, fruity, no, VERY fruity. Passionfruit, papaya, peaches and freshly cut apples. A hint of banana with caramel syrup drizzled over it. Very nice, but probably even more exuberant....
      ...with water: Yes, here we go. The same notes as before, but even more fruity and sweet. Fruit salad with creamy vanilla yoghurt. This is clearly dangerous stuff!
    • Taste
      Without water: Very drinkable, the alcohol doesn't feel too much. Sweet creamy honeydew melon, strawberries, peaches, apples, passionfruit. Creamy and crisp at the same time.
      With water: The mouthfeel is getting better, creamier and bigger. Coats your mouth with a fruity sensation. Further back on the tongue you can feel a bit of oak with vanilla and a small drop of olive oil. Very, very nice.
    • Finish
      Medium long, refreshing, fruity and with just a bit of wood spice.

  3. Jonkers scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    What a difference after adding water! Again not too much add because then he becomes "boring". Still, the distillery had been able to save 3x distillation because it really does not add anything ....
    • Nose
      A bit of water has now been added to this nosing and tasting. Vanilla and wood. Fresh but something "flatter" than without the addition of water. A little "wet dog". Not special.
    • Taste
      Much more pleasant than without the addition of water! Friendly and yet powerful. Green fruit like apples and pears but also chocolate.
    • Finish
      Sweet and unlike no water, no trace of bitterness anymore. Finish is short.

  4. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First strong alcohol scent, then typical bourbony, vanilla, citrus, creme brulee.
    • Taste
      Punchy at first sip, then the flavors are released; creamy texture, orange. With a (1) drop of water, flavors come into their own.
    • Finish
      Finish is quite a punishment, with a bit weird aftertaste.

  5. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: crème Brule with lemon rind on top. Coconut. And a lot of vanilla. Youthful, and very strong on the nose, it takes a but of water with grace, and some time in the glass. I also suggest to let it sit in the glass so you can nose it better, especially if you are new to whisky.

    Palate: Banana loti (you know the stuff you eat in Thailand) Powerful ginger spice lemon combo. Wood and sherry. Chewable and intense. That’s why I love cask strength. This is great. After some time in the glass. Mango !!

    Finish: medium. Cocoa powder. Wood. Nuts.

    In two words : I LIKE! , this is very good, a young, full of flavours, fruit and exotica.A cracker of a dram, which at a good price. I need me some of this.

    Whisky distilleries, i do hope you will learn that we are looking for cask strength expressions. 40% doesn’t do it to whisky anoraks these days, right?

    I do hope many distilleries will follow and release cask strength, even at a young age, so we can experience the true flavour of undiluted goodness.




  6. dicembre29 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose…

    Creamy vanilla ice cream, orange and tangerine. Think creamsicle, as I alluded to in the first lines above. This is like a creamy dessert malt if ever I met one. Very, very fresh mouthwatering fruit. Smooth, sweet almond notes provide a subtle icing over the oak base. Man…I would never…ever…peg this as an Auchentoshan. Beautiful composition and obviously stellar cask policy. I think all reviews I’ve read referred to that orange/tangerine combo, and sure ‘nough…both I and the Maltmonster found those notes screaming from the rooftops on first meet as well.

    The palate brings sweet orange fruit candy and pears in syrup. Vanilla is right up front, but in a subtle sashaying way…none too in your face. It is slightly jammy as well. Still young and lovely for it.

    I’m a fan. And the most pleasant surprise of all? The wee l’il price tag attached. Brilliant. Thanks, Auchentoshan…you’ve made a believer.




  7. Whiskyinagogo scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Wonderfully complex and engaging for such an obviously young whisky.
    • Nose
      Herbal, some heat, sweet vanilla and toffee notes, wintergreen ointment, ginger spice, some floral notes, citus, and Mentho-Lyptus drops.
    • Taste
      Sweet honeyed arrival followed by some heat, some cereal, and notes of Parma Violet.
    • Finish
      A lingering hot cereal and cinnamon finish.

  8. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A lovely lowlander!

  9. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very pure and also very popular whisky, non-chill filtered, giving it a distinct flavor to it, at very reasonable price!
    • Nose
      A very pleasant scent of creme brulee with beautiful flower-like and fruity notes with a hint of honey in the background to detect is
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy taste of (tropical) fruit such as pineapple, coconut, kiwi and strawberries overflowing in a full flavor of oranges
    • Finish
      A sweet, fresh and long finish

  10. mmaclean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is of bananas, apples, figs, dates, oak. Taste like a creme brulee dessert, a bit oily, buttery, plantains cooked with butter and cinnamon. Body is complex yet spectacular and vibrant. Finish is of great length and more sweetness with a pudding effect on the tail end.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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