Single malt whisky - tasting notes

23 Apr 2011

Auchentoshan 1978

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Auchentoshan

This market house Auchentoshan 1978 was created in 1997 by blending
13 casks. Half of them were distilled on 04/09/1978, the other half on 21/11/1978. Recently a new 1978 vintage was bottled (30 years old).

 

Auchentoshan 1978/1997Auchentoshan 18 yo 1978
(58,8%, OB 1997, 13 casks
#295x + #436x + #437x)

Nose: fresh malt and sweet gooseberries. Buttercups and dandelions. Marzipan. Quite intense, with a spicy prickle and fresh oak. A little caramel. There’s a lovely dusty / leathery element as well. Mouth: punchy with a rather oily mouthfeel. Great mixture of toffee, dark honey and traces of smoke. Fruit tea. Roasted nuts. Orange peel, spices, oak, vanilla… quite complex. Finish: malty and spicy, with leather and hints of lemon.

Not the usual Lowlands whisky, with a bold profile and uncommon (oily, smoky, leathery) elements.
A bit too strong when neat, but really nice with a drop of water.

Score: 87/100

Auchentoshan 1978 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-04-23
  • http://www.whivie.be Mark Dermul

    Sounds nice. I have this one, together with the 1966, 1975 and 1988 on my desk for sampling in the near future. I like the sound of this one, though: oily, smoky, leathery…

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