Insider knowledge: Auchentoshan 21 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Auchentoshan 21 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Soft and supple. Dry grass. Fruity notes, a citrus edge and a very floral honey.
Palate: Oily, nuttiness. Dry and rounded with sugared peels.
Finish: Apricot conserve on granary toast with dry citrus notes.
On the nose, this Toshan offers a fresh mix of green apples, vanilla, gooseberries, apricots, tobacco leaves, barley and sugared almonds. Some dried grasses and honey. No, make that maple syrup. Mint! A light hint of oak. This is good. Very good, in fact.
On the palate, it is all After Eight (you know, the mint-filled chocolates), accompanied by creamy honey, nuts and sugared orange peel. Again a nice supporting role for the oak. I daresay this is complex.
The finish is long, on citrus, dried grass ditto apricots. Mildly drying oak.
A great Auchentoshan, that feels quite mature. This would go very well with a stew of boar, I kid you not. Wonderful winter dram!
Mark Dermul - Toshan Man.
11th January 2013