What's in a name? Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 1998 Fino Sherry Cask whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 1998 Fino Sherry Cask whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is clean and firm with quite a bit of orange peel and butterscotch, but also nuts (almonds), honey and a hint of bitterness.
On the palate, he's quite creamy and thoroughly spiced. The butterscotch immediately gets overpowered by the sherry tones, but soon the typical citrusy character of Auchentoshan returns. There is even a hint of pineapple. Adding a little water makes it even more creamy.
The finish is medium long on citrus and green apples.
Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!
14th July 2011
A very tempting, fruity, calvados like nose. Then palate... hmm? I can't get anything. The palate is simply thick and unpenetrable. I have tried to add any amount of water, but still almost nothing. Yes, there is some muscavado and green apple, but almost zero complexity even in the finish. It's a shame, because there is a great potential in this Fino sherried malt.
11th April 2011