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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan 1998 MoS
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points
OK, this is a bit special. I got this sample from Luc Timmermans, somewhere in 2010. Luc was the importer of Malts of Scotland for Belgium at the time. It is very well possible that by now it has already been bottled in one of their previous releases, but I am not sure, since the ABV is not mentioned on the sample bottle, nor any clue as to the type of cask. It merely states ‘Cask 08/2008’. Mysterious, eh? The colour suggest a sherry cask. I have long doubted if I should try it, but what the hell. Or YOLO, as my teenage sons tells me.
Wonderful nose on all kinds of sherry influences: pear drops, plum jam, dades and raisins, baked banana with dark brown sugar. Candied rhubarb. Almost pastry. Espresso with a touch of whipped cream. Twig of mint. Boy, this is stunning! Naysayers will undoubtedly say this is so good as there is little left of the distillery character, but it is the delicate nature of the spirit that allows the sherry cask to work its magic.
Powerful on the palate – a flash fire in the mouth! Then it suddenly turns silky soft and dances on the taste buds with maple syrup, candied orange rind, plums, grapefruit, blood oranges, rum-raisins, pear drops, cloves and woodsmoke. Star anise. This is absolutely wonderful.
It turns bittersweet at the death of this long and warm finish.
I got in touch with Thomas from Malts of Scotland and found out that it had in fact been bottled exclusively for the shop in Paderborn as the X-mas bottling for 2014 at 59,1%. He extended an invitation to come and pick one up. Note to self: book a train now!
- Great whisky. Actually the first Auchentoshan I've ever tasted :) It reminded me of the Longmorn 1996 vW bottlings.
Tasted at the final day (18) of the Usquebaugh Society blind tasting competition 2015.
My guess was an Edradour, 12yo at 57%.
Ripe red fruit, coffee beans, herbal, spicy, oranges, figs and some mint. Fantastic.
Red fruit, dark sugar sweetness, spices, some mint
Medium long, slightly drying, dark chocolat, malty, overripe red fruit lingers
- Blind tasting of a sample. Auchentoshan or a Lowlander in general didn't cross my mind for a second.
Toffee, candied cherry, malt and peach. Water makes spicy oak come up, as well as some cardboard.
Apricot, honey, toffee, orange, spice and cocoa. With water even more spice and some citrus, but also cardboard again.
Toffee, dried apricot, hazelnut and spice.
- Nose: relatively shy. Fruits, a hint of rum, nutty, some oak.
Mouth: very strong, liquorice, copious oak.
Finish: harsh, oak, dry, sweetish, dried fruit. Hides on bitter-sweet oak.
Conclusion: tasty, maybe a little too tart. A very atypical Auchentoshan.
- A sweet, sherried malt. Indeed a good choice for a christmas dram.