This is a 12 year expression from Auchentoshan’s core lineup. It’s matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Rancid bananas, milk chocolate, black cherry, elmer’s glue, turns rather sour after a bit with rubber notes.
Palate: Thankfully simmers down quite a bit compared to the nose with a rubbery malt, young oak, banana chips, and chocolate turning a bit malty.
Finish: Chocolate lingers with some buttercream frosting.
Rating: 78/100 – The nose was rather off putting, but it mostly settled on palate and finish. Still not very enjoyable, but not offensive either.
Value for the money: These retail around $50, and I’d pass at that price just based on quality.
This is a NAS expression from Auchentoshan’s core lineup which is triple distilled, aged in first fill American oak casks, and bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Putty turning more into a playdough after a bit with added salt, subtle varnish, orange pulp, lemon oil, and fresh oak.
Palate: Tastes like it’s been filtered through wood chips going into the glass as the oak is very strong/fresh up front – new make notes lay beneath in the barley with some stale cigarette smoke and a bit of plastic.
Finish: Funky oak with a floury/doughy malt.
Rating: 70/100 – Pretty un-enjoyable due to the strength of the new make/new oak profile.
Value for the money: These retail around $30, and it’s an easy pass for me.