Friday, 18 September 2009

Auchentoshan 12

Down visiting some friends and this bottle gets pulled out of the cupboard.  I'm pretty sure I've had Auchentoshan before but never documented it.  It's a Lowland malt and I usually find I'm rolling the dice with those bottles because you don't know if you're going to get hit in the face with a fist full of peat or not.  Happily, that was not the case with this particular malt.

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!

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