Auchentoshan 1998/2010 (54.6%, OB, sherry cask matured) Colour: pale white wine. Nose: the colour was surprisingly pale for a whisky that’s supposed to have spent all its life in some sherry wood, but the nose does suggest sherry indeed. Bubblegum, strawberries and litchis are all over the place, then more oranges, marmalade, cinnamon and peppermint. The whole is very, very clean and fresh and quite beautiful I must say. With water: the sherry is more obvious and it’s rather a leafy/leathery kind of sherry influence. Beautiful nose I must say. Mouth (neat): rich and extremely sweet and fruity, it’s really ‘bubblegum at cask strength’. Also blood oranges, muesli and then candied ginger and a little pepper. With water: even fresher and fruitier. A fruit salad with a little cinnamon. Finish: quite long, fresh, with the spices coming more to the front. White pepper. Comments: very good in my opinion, even surprisingly good considering its age, and highly drinkable. SGP:751 - 86 points.