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Auchentoshan 18-year-old

Overall rating
82.91/100
votes
179
Whiskybase ID
WB80079
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited "A" Release
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2015)
Bottle code
L152006
Barcode
5010496001776
Added on
20 mar 2016 7:41 pm by Koning
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.32

14 × in wishlist

179 × member ratings

398 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan 18-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.91 points

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is cognac-ish, sweet and oaky with notes of bitter chocolate, grapefruit, tangerines and caramel.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste has a salty with mild bitterness profile with hints of spicy oak, grapefruit zest, chocolate and green tea.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium lenght with a domination of bitter oakiness with hints of orange zest and chocolate.

  2. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sponge cake, flowers, butter, shortbread, light orchard fruits, hint of orange, light vanilla, honey, barley sugar, sandalwood. The age is evident in the restrained elegance of the nose and palate. It's a 'pretty' whisky, and I find myself quite attracted by it.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. MarcinCh scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Gold color. Pretty oily.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pretty volatile and enjoyable. Vanilla. Citrus. Fresh, green grass. Green apples. White cream with hints of lemon oil. A pinch of spices. Cloves.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Bittersweet. There is a certain oilyness. Debina, although not that bitter. Spices. Cinnamon, white pepper. A little light cream.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Pretty bitter. Oak. Caramel. A bit of a slightly sweet cream. Light spice. Spices. Ginger. Slightly warming up. Medium-long finish.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Bakers Dozen Auchentoshan OB Nas-40 years old 1965 onwards

    Valinch 2011 57.3% bourbon oak WB ID 28019 – 85/86/86
    5 year 40% OB 1980’s White Label WB ID 88548 – 83/82/85
    10 year 40% OB 1980’s White Label WB ID 20582 – 84/85/85
    10 year 43% OB 1980’s White Label 1 litre WB ID 15362 – 77/65/70
    10 year 40% OB 1990’s Kite Label WB ID 18111 – 73/75/72
    18 year 43% OB 2015 Limited A Release bourbon casks WB ID 80079 – 72/65/75
    18 year 1988 cask 4446 53.9% WB ID 28233 – 89/88/89
    21 year 43% 2005/6 WB ID 42 - 88/90/89
    21 year mid 1990’s WB ID 146397 – 88/90/90
    24 year 50.3% 2015 Noble Oak 2015 WB ID 72484
    32 year 1979 50.5% 1st fill oloroso WB ID 37448
    35 year 1975 46.9% bourbon cask WB ID 22034
    40 year 1965 40.6% bourbon barrel WB ID 588

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Honestly this is really poor, it is weak, with a manufactured flavour.
    The finish is ok but that is as good as it gets, I cannot be bothered to even describe it.
    Boring, boring, boring
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    There's obvious age and immediate enjoyability, but something seems lost in the new release. The fruit isn't as sherry-rich and there's a darker, more bitter or tannic vein running through it. It's nice, but it lacks something to make it worth coming back to at the price.

    Note:
    Time shifts the nose to oxidized orchard fruits, cold fruit pies/cobbler, dried pineapple cubes and candied ginger, with a distant scent of old books kept in cardboard boxes.

    Water brings out malt and vanilla on the nose and dulls the fruit and spice. Similarly, brings out malt on the palate, but dulls the other flavors. Water is not recommend.
    • Nose
      Fresh orchard fruits (Fuji and Granny Smith apples), the distant smell of macerated berries and cut oranges, baking fruit pies and cobbler, oak spice with a touch of high cocoa dark chocolate, and white and tropical fruit candies (think pastels and haribo gummy bears) fading to ginger and earthy garden herbs.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate covered freshly cut fruits, a flash of floral honey, baked fruit and oak spice, sharp cinnamon candy that lingers, and licorice root tea sweetened with bittersweet molasses.
    • Finish
      A touch of bittersweet floral, and a long fade out of high cocoa hot chocolate powder, sharp baking spices (cardamom), and oak tannins.

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      a lot of oak, some dried fruits, slightly sweet, the oak notes are very superficial. Somehow reminiscent of a Bowmore without smoke, you can guess a pair of citrus fruits. After a while in the air, the oak notes take back a little and a pair of fruit and malt emerge
    • Taste
      Quite soft in the beginning, sweetish malty, some fruit and vanilla, nuts and caramel, the oak is not as present here as in the nose
    • Finish
      quite short, sweet with the nuts and the malt, then there are citrus fruits and a slightly sour note

  12. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    One of these bottlings that are not baaaad, but meh... rather forgetable and not exiting at all. Buy for around 60 EUR if you must but be aware that this 18 is not on the forefront of what 18 yo whiskies are capable of... ;-)

  13. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. The_Independent scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    —- blind tasting —-

    I estimated this whisky 14 years old and would have given it two more points. For 18 years he's really not very impressive.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Herbs, ash, citrus, some fresh fruit behind. Very special.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, soft, honey, then the ashes, wood flavor, becoming slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Not very long, creamy, fruity and sweet, coffee, a hint of ash and wood spice.

  16. besar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Dris scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    - a good single malt but a bit disappointing for the age
    - not as sweet or intense as expected / hoped for,
    - would have expected a bit more overall
    • Nose
      fresh, fruity, floral, grapefruit, green apple, honey,
    • Taste
      spicy beginning, oak, strong (old) wood aroma, light bitter substances
    • Finish
      short mild finish;
      medium-length oak-heavy finish

  19. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A fresh, floral and yet ripe whisky, triple distilled, very clean, without corners and edges.
    • Nose
      84 84
      light, mild, floral, tangerine, lime, citrus, caramel, vanilla, trace oak;
    • Taste
      83 83
      mild, floral, fruity (light fruits, citrus), sweet, little caramel and vanilla, increasingly woody and spicy, oak;
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length, soft, oak, tobacco, oak;

  20. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Surprisingly salty, quite a fair bit of coastal notes, from a triple distilled Lowland distillery. Quite oaky, kind of perfumy, with some soft fruitiness.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Salty arrival, with hints of bitter oak. The bitterness gets stronger over time, and pretty hot too on the tongue.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Faint saltiness, very bitter tea/coffee.

  21. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. Gatopardo scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose, fails in the palate ans the expectations about a noble 18 years old. Like the finish too. Good whisky for summer. Good daily dram, you will enjoy, but that is the problem, price and age don't match with definition of "daily dram"
    • Nose
      Typical Auchentoshan trademark. Cereal, lemon, vanilla, honey, ginger, dried seaweed, wasabi. That green tea notes that shows the label appears sometimes. Green apple. Elegant and discrete, but with nice evolution. Let it breath
    • Taste
      Floral, bit sour, dry, delicate, green tea, lemon marmalade. Hints of oak
    • Finish
      Incredible long for this kind of whisky. Very hot. Like when you eat wasabi. But not overwhelming .

  24. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Mr. D. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  26. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Very harmonious and perfect in its own way, suitable for both novice and casual connoisseurs, it is a fitting ex-Bourbon 18, although it does not have the complexity or intensity of flavor that many would expect at such an age.
    • Nose
      85 85
      In the nose prevail barrel-typical influences of citrus (lime) and the associated acidity and sweetness, hay, very slight Nussigkeit (reminiscent of Monte), butter, vanilla sugar. Amazingly fresh for an 18-year-old.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Still sweet on the tongue, more floral, oily and spicy, some nutmeg.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the finish relatively long and warm.

  27. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  28. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2017/03/14/auchentoshan-18-yo-2016-ob-43/
    • Nose
      N: in ordine sparso, ci vengono in mente suggestioni varie e non così sorprendenti: uvetta, forse mela rossa, frutta secca e miele (croccante al miele?), malto caldo, un qualcosa tra caramello vaniglia e toffee; e come dimenticare un pizzico di scorza d’arancia? Detta così, sembra tutto molto piacevole, e lo è, tuttavia non ci liberiamo di un senso di ‘appiattimento generale’ degli aromi – ricchi sì, ma, se ha senso, un po’ privi di profondità. E poi, a dirla tutta, a tratti ci arriva anche un vago senso di cartone bagnato.
    • Taste
      P: il corpo è molto facile, l’effetto è di grande beverinità; ancora tornano le suggestioni di miele, di frutta gialla (soprattutto albicocca, ma non si dimentichi la mela gialla); poi un sacco di vaniglia, complicata da una bella sfumatura agrumata che ci par proprio mandarino.
    • Finish
      F: abbastanza leggero ma di media intensità, tutto su vaniglia e frutta gialla.

  29. DocF scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Dry and less fruity than the "Bartender's Malt", round, vanilla I do not think so.
    I like the whole thing better, grassy-dry tastes good, but the 75 € can actually justify with "Triple Distilled", otherwise there is much better in the price area.
    • Nose
      No plastic, a cupboard of old dried spices, dry hay, dry soil, stubble field, green tea. Fried cake, freshly cut onions, dried figs.
    • Taste
      "Greener", again the onions, soft, woody-dry, earth, ripe plums, figs.
    • Finish
      Green tea, lemon, dry, long.

  30. fgg scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. fgg scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Something I do not like in this dram. He reminds me of a Highland Park and I do not really like Highland Park. This has the same.
    • Nose
      Wood. Vanilla. Heavy smell. If you wait, sweet fruit notes come forward.
    • Taste
      Soft, full, but also somewhat musty. Little pinkish.
    • Finish
      Medium finish.

  32. Regina_Schnecke scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Distiller's Tasting Note

    To the eye:
    Deep golden summer barley.

    To the nose:
    Fresh tobacco leaf with caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds.

    To the tongue:
    Fresh and floral, with tangy zestiness.

    To the end:
    A refreshing finish that invigorates the mouth.

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