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Launched in 2008, this 18 year old bottling of triple distilled, Lowland single malt whisky boasts a superb richness for a core-range bottling and was aged in American oak casks.
Nose: Rife with toasty oak and vanilla spice. Chocolate cake and a lovely grassiness, damp, yet drying. Crystallized ginger.
Palate: Toasty vanilla, dark nuttiness, chestnut perhaps and something zesty, softening slightly after a time.
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I'm not a big fan of peat, and although this shouldn't have any peat, it's there. Not a lot, but it's there. I much prefer the 21 and 12 with no detectable peat.
25th July 2016
We all have different tastes. I am not a big "smoke head". I like a little but I prefer a Bunnahabhain or a Ledaig to the full-on Laphroaig. On the other hand, whilst I respect the Irish tradition of triple distillation, sometimes I think it robs a whisky of character.I had put off trying the Auchentoshan because of mixed reviews but then I spotted a miniature of the 18 so I put my toe in the water and enjoyed it. I like Glenkinchie 15. It is very civilised, like Edinburgh. This seemed a step up in terms of quality with big chewy mouth-feel, lots of toffee and more spice than I expected. So I took the plunge and bought a whole bottle.My first reaction is one of slight disappointment. I agree that there is a hint of old walking sock. I can't make up my mind whether that's comforting or disturbing. The vanilla/fudge/toffee/honey/malt is definitely the dominant flavour and there are days when that is exactly what I want. There are moments though when it reminds me of the Penderyn Aur Cymru and I am not even sure if that should be called whisky.I'll keep it and enjoy it from time to time but I doubt I'll buy another.
22nd December 2015
Perfectly pleasant but a bit polite all around...there's spice...fruit...a deep vanillaesque finish....but for an 18 year old whisky I would expect more...and there's little wood...wood is what makes a more mature Scotch...so enjoy but don't expect it to change your life
24th October 2014
It's fairly common that if you open a bottle of whisky and have a few drams then leave it to rest for a month or two you will come back to a better dram. This whisky proves the point more than most, a decent whisky at the start turned into a great whisky after a time. The oak vinegar dispels and the spirit opens with a balanced harmony of light spice, fruitiness, and hazelnut and almond dryness. I do admit bias, after my first bottle of the 18 I'll have to drive a whole 3 miles to get my next one from the distillery shop. It took me 25 years to make the trip, silly me.
14th September 2014
Not a review, but disappointed that it is only 43%. Would have liked to see a bit higher, around 46% or 48%.
10th February 2014
Got a miniature and bought a friend a bottle for his birthday but wished I'd bought myself one too. The new Jura Elixir is the closest thing I've tasted.
6th March 2012
This expression is very oily and is glued to the glass with it's nice and round golden sheen. The tears come down after a good while, promising good things to come. It's like looking at the body of a shapely woman.The nose is grand: fruity with honey, vanilla, almonds and a bit of tobacco leaves and green tea. After a while, add banana and a tad of spice (nutmeg). Wonderful. The first sip is fresh, clean and flowery, with honey, ginger and sweet barley. Feisty and yet reserved. A lot less playful than the 12 Year Old (which remains my favorite). This one is truly a grown up lowland. Respect!The finish is rather long with nuts, raisins and dry oak. This is pure enjoyment. It makes a man (or me at least) happy.This is a nice, well balanced dram with a lot of character and a great example of good Lowland whisky in general and a grand Auchentoshan in particular. Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!
14th July 2011