Auchentoshan 12 Years Old 1999 Authentic Collection (58.7% Cadenheads, Bourbon HH, 234 Bottles, 2011)
58.7% ABV, £55 for 70cl
What they say:
Distilled at Auchentoshan Distillery in the Lowland in 1999, this was matured for 12 years in a Bourbon Hogshead and bottled at Cask Strength of 58.7% ABV with a 234 bottle outturn in October 2011
What I say:
Dram #1 ‘Lowland’ from the WOLS tasting 14/1 Tour of the Regions. An awesome cask strength bourbon-matured Auchentoshan.
Clean and crisp, hordes of vanilla, a little coconut, some spirity vaporous notes like polish and a little perfumed heather (flowers)
Crisp green apples, a lightened sugar syrup and vanilla custard and crème brulee, more spirit and vaporous notes again perhaps a little estery overripe and sweet banana
Short and a little harsh, drying sour new wood and pencil shavings
Would I buy it again:
Easy drinking and despite the finish very enjoyable, youthful and exuberant with an intense Vanilla pod flavour on the palate making it a pleasure to dram.