Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky differently from me.
Sweet and fruity. You get those fruity, sherry notes straight away with raisins and some blackcurrant. It’s also sweet with brown sugar notes.
Nutty and fruity. Very sweet, almost to the point of being too sweet and syrupy on the tongue. Slight orange with a touch of bitterness that tones down the sweet, syrupy feel.
That nuttiness from the palate keeps on going. Comes across as hazelnut with a sort of coffee note.
I really enjoy this, although I can see another might not. Loads of fruit and sweet notes and a nuttiness that I wasn’t expecting from it. It’s sweet and syrupy on the palate to the point of almost being too much. I can actually see this being fantastic in cocktails as it’s so strong in terms of terms of its flavours. At around £40 – £50 it may be a bit much for some being a NAS but personally I’d happily pay that again for another bottle when this one runs out which probably won’t take long to happen. Oh and yes it does have caramel colouring – it’s not clear about this on the packaging until you see the very small German writing on the box. No mention of chill filtration but I’d guess it has been given the full works.
On a side note I think this is one of the few times I’ve agreed so strongly with the tasting notes given by the distillery. I didn’t get everything they’ve said but I came pretty damn close and that was with very little effort. Great work from Auchentoshan on their no nonsense tasting notes!
Taken from Auchentoshan website:
To the eye:
Rich golden bronze.
To the nose:
Blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin.
To the tongue:
Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity.
To the end:
Fresh and fruity, with long lasting oaky sweetness