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Auchentoshan Valinch 2012

Overall rating
83.17/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB53397
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2012
Casktype
North American Bourbon Casks
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010496003138
Added on
28 mar 2014 2:56 pm by JSW
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 59.15

16 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

313 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan Valinch 2012

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.17 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, rich, not very difficult, but it is solid and powerful, strong such a sweet-grassy middle peas.
    • Nose
      Clear, dry, somewhat spirituous, herbal notes, dried medicinal herbs - yarrow, motherwort, valerian; mixture notes, tablets in the shell, dusty boards.
    • Taste
      Powerful, dense, sweet-medicinal, herbs, herbal bitterness, tablets, light citrus notes, creamy confectionery shades, burnt sugar.
    • Finish
      Spicy, sweet, ginger biscuits, herbal motifs, creamy confectionery notes, lemon peel.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tobacco leaves, tropical fruits, vanilla, herbal tea, very Nice fruitiness

  3. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. MARJ scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting:

    G: Vanilla, pear, linseed oil !?

    G: orange zest, figs, oak, caramel

    A: Long lasting, slight bitterness,

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Weird Auchentoshan notes (which is actually kinda funny that they have them, not unlike the cheesiness you get in a Jura, but also different. Anyhow funny that Toshan has them b/c of full triple distillation the distillate should be rather neutral, but it isn't. If you like Auchentoshan, this one is for you, clean and unadulterated juice. Young but also exiting.

  6. Thoma scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. mrturbo1 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Pleasantly subtle nose, the alcohol holds back. Otherwise relatively flat, little fruit.

    The alcohol is very present in the taste.
    A slightly metallic taste tone.

    Nice warm finish, medium length.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Not sure why the rating is rather low but for me this is very powerful, super fruity, quite sweet but still balanced and complex - all set for dessert! Fantastic!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey comb, overripe tropical fruits, pineapple galore, mango, passion fruit, hints of herbal spices and green tea, dry hay, wet tobacco, whiffs of smoke - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more tropical fruits, pineapple in sugar sirup, sugar glazed apples, little peaty, spices, pepper, herbal, some oak wood - excellent!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, super fruity, little peaty, little grapefruit or honey pomelo?, more herbal and more green tea - anyways, very good!

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Not overly difficult, but gives a good introduction to the distillery.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  10. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Unusually concentrated and powerful whisky from Lowlands.
    • Nose
      Floral. Fruits, vanilla, caramel, spicy oak and herbals.
    • Taste
      Powerful, oily. Fruits, pepper, sawdust, caramel and citruses.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy.

  12. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramel “Barberry”, “Snowball”, fruit drops, broken young tree branch, lemonade, marshmallow, vanilla, creamy fudge. Raw carrots. Flowers A little furniture lacquer. Slightly spirited. 21
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry. A little bit biting (degree is felt). Powerful. Black pepper, pickled vegetables, barberry, ascorbic. 21
    • Finish
      From medium to long, warming, enveloping. 21
      Pleasant, even whisky, strong middle peasants. The balance is 21.
      Power disappears with water, instead it becomes softer and more drinkable, but it is also made easier. Bitterness is added.
      Total 84

  13. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    paradoxical adventure with a triple distillation that gives it a lot of sweetness and a degree of alcohol that allows to release malty scents, spicy and fruity long enough!
    • Nose
      vanilla and creamy sweetness
    • Taste
      the almond, then the vanilla again, then the rise of the alcohol is always surprisingly fresh, sweet and fruity on lemon and orange, spicy return in the end!
    • Finish
      average on the same flavors, quite intense

  16. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Alcohol is very prominent here. Slightly fruity, but especially sharp.
    Not very complex or in balance. But good to have tasted.

  17. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasteful thanks to the traditional Cyrus sample swapping, which is always a large sample that takes at least two tastings. Stylishly like my former Dalmore 1994 Chieftain's .
    • Nose
      Malt, malted, with a little citrus. For grass, hazelnuts, orange, tangerine, honey and vanilla. The surface is dry, but when you "immerse" a little in it, it will settle. (84 b)
    • Taste
      Percentages of alcohol are quite creamy, malt, sweetened vanilla, fresh wood. Grep and at the end a light butterfly in the standard. (84 b)

  18. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. Xstream scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Like the Valinch pre-2012 i've had before, this one is also quite restless when you just open it. Last time, after pretty much 6 months air in de bottle it became one of my favorite whisky's. Especially with the right amount of added water. A big surprise, considering i don't really like most Auchentoshan's. 

    So i'll leave it for a while and re-rate later.
    Seems to have a similar profile as the one i had years before.

    Update: it's good, but not as good as the earlier one. 

  20. Fable scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a most extraordinary whisky. It took me a long time getting to know it. At the end: lots of water (1 : 1) and lots of time in the glass and it gives off aromas and flavours in abundance.
    Whre other Auchentoshans seem to be designed, this is more of a coincidence. I like it. It is different. And it challenges me.
    • Nose
      w/o water - alcohol heavy. closed. Licor 43. Fruit bitters.
      w/ water - spicy, cinnamon induced candy (NL: kaneelkussentjes). Sweet and sour citrus like limoncello.
    • Taste
      w/o water - did not try it without water
      w/ water - sweet fruity arrival. development to delicious dry bitter citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Ginger flavoured citrus finish

  22. BXpress scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a fairly simple but intensely sweet Whisky. mainly a medley of lemon, creme brulee and vanilla which pretty much doesn't change on the palate. one interesting thing though, it has a very particular taste, like when you do the 69 with a woman on a hot summer day. yes, sweaty vagina (not in a bad way).

    in the end, it was very cheap back then and still is.  quite enjoyable value for money Whisky. my bottle is open since summer 2013 and it's still very much intact.

  23. ManoCornuta scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Good to disinfect, to drink must forget!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      76 76

  24. Blo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Probably not the most extremely complex Auchentoshan, but I think this is a very, very nice dram, that may be liked by people who are into the fruity and flavoured side of whiskies. Or women (no sexism here). Regarding to its low price, this is a very affordable cask strengh and an excellent introduction to this kind of whisky. Nevertheless, it loses point on this lack of complexity and the finish really too short.
    • Nose
      Neat : Very soft and very nosable despite a high ABV. On Crême brûlée orange perfumed. Some floral notes. Not very different with water, only a little easier.
    • Taste
      Excellent body. Nicely drinkable, even without water. The wood influence is minimized here, quite only the spirit talks. Still on Crême brûlée and citrus fruits. With water it become fruitier and very soft, some hints of vanilla appear, and an interesting sour feeling comes up. I personnaly like it a lot.
    • Finish
      Short, but fruity, a little on orange and deliciously sour.

  25. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

     dram for people with a sweet tooth or those who are on a budget. A decent introduction to Auchentoshan and a very affordable cask strength.
    • Nose
      Crème brûlée and some brown sugar. Despite the high ABV it has a very soft nose. Water reveals something flowery and orange zest.
    • Taste
      Again sweetness of vanilla pudding with orange zest topping. Near the end you'll find some caramelised almonds.
    • Finish
      Nutty and creamy

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