# 518 • Auchentoshan Virgin Oak

46% alc./vol.
Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Lowlands, Scotland

Auchentoshan, triple distillation, sweet, sweet, sweet… eeeeeeeeeee not surerrrrrr.

Everyone likes to play the good ol 'brand new cask treatment at one point or another. It suits some people better than others. Hep boy let's go ...

As the Hungarian writer said so well Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) said so well:

Anyone who hesitates is already a moral being.

Rather rich orange for a triple distilled Lowland aged in new oak barrels. Medium legs that slowly bead in an elegant fashion.

Nose:
The alcohol takes up a lot of space and only leaves, in order of priority, oak, barley and berries, honey and embarrassed sweetness of the Lowlands. Reminiscent of the Auchentoshan Classic, but with a little more personality.

Taste:
A little better on the palate, with notes of butterscotch, red and black liquorice, grass and spices. A little toasted malt is hinted at.

Finish:
Quite dry and dusty. Chocolate, barley and cinnamon await us if we are patient.

Balance:
Would be equal to the Classic, but stands out a bit for its fruity audacity and its alcohol content to match. However, this is far from making it a stellar malt.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#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: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★