The smell is deep and woody. The bottle says to watch for the smoky almond flavour but I just don't get that. I do get pears in the aroma and that's usually a tough one for me to pull out. Wouldn't have put it there without reading a Michael Jackson (not that one) review. The pears and some plum really come out on the first taste followed quickly with a brief flash of alcohol fire. The aftertaste is a slow diminish of the fruit and burn. It is a great tasting experience. With ice I could drink the bottle in a single sitting. Without I would be perfectly happy sitting, sipping, and reflecting. Instantly at ease and not worried about a god damned thing.
This bottle is an all-star. It could be because we were discussing Cardhu earlier tonight but this Auchentoshan really reminds me of the quick punch followed by the relaxing KO. This is a great scotch.
Boojah! 5 shots!