#408 • Auchentoshan American Oak

40% alc./vol.
Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Lowlands, Scotland

In 2015, Beam Suntory followed suit at his Lowlands distillery, Auchentoshan, as to the increasingly inexorable fashion of the removal of the age mark on its traffic jams. We are talking here about an entry-level expression based on, besides being like all others of the same brand resulting from a triple distillation, an aging done entirely in American oak barrels of prime filling.

As the Irish writer Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde said so well, or simply Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) said so well:

Niagara Falls is only the second big disappointment of the honeymoon.

Golden yellow pulling hard and misery on pumpkin pie.

Nose:
Vanilla, lemon and barley still pleasant. I am pleasantly surprised to find less the usual dirty bag of lowlands than I expected.

Taste:
Spicy oak rather discreet. Return of vanilla with a small wave of fennel. Few lemon and meringue. Not great, but not horrible either.

Finish:
Short and dry, on some volatile spices and a passing honeycomb.

Balance:
Another sad NAS, no more, but who does not take for another either. Will please the neophyte, but the connoisseur will not be satisfied. At best a Wednesday night whiskey.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

#348 • Glenkinchie Distiller's 1986 Edition

43% alc./vol.
Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland, Scotland

Thanks to Pat and André for this mini Distiller's Edition from this Lowlands distillery, here's a rare Glenkinchie Distiller's Edition 1986 ...

The Glenkinchie Distillery, part of Classic Malts of Scotland de Diageo, date of 1837 and is located in the Kinchie River Valley, near Edinburgh. Producing generally light malts, it is one of six distilleries currently operating in the Lowlands region.

As the saying so well Cardinal Léger (1904-1991) to his maid:

Some read because they are too lazy to think. The path of ignorance is paved with good editions.

Enough on the henna brown for a Lowland, but it is explained by its finish.

Nose:
Fruity barley entwined with caramel and small raisins.

Taste:
Honey and caramel dance pleasantly together for the pleasure of barley, with grass and berries watching them.

Finish:
Pleasant enough although dry, but manages to get married to certain chocolates.

Balance:
Still looks good, but still manages to run out of steam at the end. I do not hate him at all, but his high price costs him a few points.

Note: ★★★★★