Auchentoshan 11 Bordeaux
Aged for 11 years in St Julian wine casks from top claret producer Chateau Lagrange. Very interesting flavour, distilled in 1999 and bottled at natural cask strength. A surefire hit.
Nose: Rich and fruity with notes of vanilla, berry fruit compote, black pepper, grapes, hints of custard and nutmeg. Zesty too.
Palate: Quite sweet, with hints of caramel, vanilla, red berries and grape skins. Quite tannic and rich - palate coating.
Finish: Good length, ending on redcurrants...
Unlike any other
This is such a good whisky! The first sip is smashing, hot, sharp, then lots of fruit and sweetness.
29th March 2015
Sweet and sour are still in a headlock over supremacy, but the summer berries (gooseberry, currant and juniper) come out victorious. The sour touch is tangerines and grapes. I even get some chocolate and something meaty and flinty (unexpected, but not unpleasant) on the nose after leaving to breath it for a while. There is a touch of cinnamon and cloves. The nose has improved quite a bit.
The whisky is very creamy on the palate and again makes me associate with red summer fruit. The wine influence is obvious (how can it not be, when this whisky matured solely on red wine casks for 11 years?), but pleasant, more so than on the previous WoW-bottling. Contrary to the Wow-bottling, this one can cope with water elegantly and improves both the nose and the palate. What I call a ‘swimmer’.
The finish is dry and short, with a bitter edge. I like it.
If it is indeed the same whisky as the previously bottled 1999 Wine Cask for World of Whiskies (which I believe it is), then it has improved quite a bit. So hopefully the folks at my favorite distillery have a few more of these in the warehouse for bottling over the next couple of years. I like where this is going.
Mark Dermul - Toshan Man.
11th January 2013
I haven'tdrank this for a while but it's such a good whisky that it seems a shame to have no positive reviews yet. This whisky stands alone, there is nothing to compare it to. It's soft, delicate, delicious and maybe floral, almost a perfume. Of course with the signature toshan mild sweetness. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
9th July 2012