What's in a name? Auchentoshan 21 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Auchentoshan 21 Year Old whiskey, rather than 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.
Chocolatey, no alcohol burn at all. So, sure, good. $200 good? Given I like a little alcohol burn and there are others out there just as chocolatey for cheaper, probably not. Still, complexity, for a lowland, not to be discounted.
29th September 2014
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