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.
Vanilla, lemon and barley still pleasant. I am pleasantly surprised to find less the usual dirty bag of lowlands than I expected.
Spicy oak rather discreet. Return of vanilla with a small wave of fennel. Few lemon and meringue. Not great, but not horrible either.
Short and dry, on some volatile spices and a passing honeycomb.
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.
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