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02 Feb 2013

Auchentoshan 1984 (Master of Malt)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Auchentoshan

Interesting, an Auchentoshan with stunning Bowmore characteristics… Distilled in 1984 and bottled last year by Master of Malt.



Auchentoshan 27 years (Master of Malt)Auchentoshan 27 yo 1984 (58%, Master of Malt 2012, bourbon barrel, 209 btl.)

Nose: heady, slightly sharpish with some fresh sawdust and lemon. Unripe fruits (green apple, green plums) and plenty of floral notes. Dandelions, violets and hints of freshly cut grass. Mouth: immediately soapy. Lavender, roses, perfume… the dreadful FWP. Brrrr… not worth another sip, I’m afraid, but let’s be nice: there’s blueberry candy in the background. Finish: pepper with the same tangy, alcoholic and perfumy aftertaste.

Stanley P. Morrison bought Auchentoshan in 1984, after they had already acquired Bowmore earlier on. It seems they introduced (or at least experimented with) the same methods leading to the 1980’s Bowmore profile of cheap perfume. You should experience this. Once. And then avoid it at all cost, in my humble opinion. A strange addition to the usually highly recommendable bottlings by Master of Malt. Around € 115.

Score: 58/100

Auchentoshan 1984 (Master of Malt) 0.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-02-02
  • Sjoerd de Haan

    This is turning out to be a very polarizing dram! I absolutely loved it and happily drank my sample before putting the bottle on my wishlist. Strange that the reviews are so far apart!

  • Mark Dermul

    I had a very similar experience (although your score seems very, very harsh indeed). So far, Ruben, seems like you have not tasted too many good Toshan, eh? Maybe I should send you some of my samples?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Actually it was your remark on Facebook (or was it Twitter) that made me try this Auchentoshan before the other samples on my desk, Sjoerd.

    I’ve given similar scores to similar Bowmores. As soon as the FWP pops up, for me the tasting is over. And even on the nose, where the FWP is not really noticeable, it wasn’t particularly captivating. Still trying to find a truly great Toshan, indeed.

  • Joshua (Yossi)

    How would you compare this to the MoM 26yo Bowmore. That one you seemed to like. Is this one just THAT much over the top?

  • Robi

    the same with the Bowmore from Master of Malt from 1982-2009, 53,5% – one of the most strange and unenjoyable whiskies i`ve ever tried .. FWP at its best .. WAH !

  • WhiskyNotes

    The Bowmore had more sweet violet candy to it in my opinion. This has the tangy cologne taste.

  • Robi

    violet is violet = nothing to do with proper whisky :)

  • MARS

    Some people like this kind of violet and some don’t. Didn’t tasted one of these whisky yet. Maybe I should have a try.

  • Marc Castermans

    I have 2 Auchentoshans in my cabinet that would rate a little higher then this one Ruben. The Fulldram 1999 and a DL OMC 1967 arguably one of the best Toshans ever (Mark?)

  • Kris Cuypers

    Haven’t had many great Auchentoshans myself, but the 32yo 1979 sherry cask OB is a very, very good one imho. You should have a go at it when you ever get the chance Ruben. Just a matter of swinging in a good Toshan 😉

  • Lukas

    There are not only Bowmore and Auchentoshan from the 80ies with this violet/soapy profile. I also found it quite often in Glen Gariochs from this time. The last one I had was 1986 OB. My feelings for these tastes are similar as Rubens and I’m very senitive towards these. It really seems that MB tried something in the eighties in all their distilleries. The discussion what it was is already endless…

  • Lukas

    By the way, if you are looking for great Auchentoshans, try to find some of the 65 or 66 Distillery Archive bottlings, I also liked the 75. They werde bottled in the mid nineties and not so easy to find anymore.

  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    58? for real?
    now i need to taste mine today, see how i like this FWP 😉
    au revoir!

  • chris

    I tried a sample of this one a couple of days ago and I can’t say I didn’t like it but I thought it wasn’t well balanced and not worth the price. 58 is a little harsh I think=) What’s the meaning of “FWP”?

  • WhiskyNotes

    “French Whore Perfume”. Pardon me for the expression, I believe it was chosen by the Malt Maniacs to describe this profile which reminded them of a certain kind of cheap perfume.

  • Mark Dermul

    Double yes, Marc.

  • Mark Dermul

    Ruben, if you are interested, shoot me your address via mail and I’ll send you a couple of Auchentoshan samples, including some good ones :)

  • chris

    I mean if you really feel like it’s a scotch you would rather pour away I guess 58 is okay.
    I just don’t think it’s THAT bad, that’s all.
    Have you tried the Springbanks from this series? They’re pretty good.

  • WhiskyNotes

    I will certainly try them soon. This Auchentoshan doesn’t deserve a Master of Malt label on the bottle, so I’m expecting the other releases to do them justice.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Thanks, I will send you an e-mail and reward you with some other samples in return. Including some good ones!

  • MARS

    It’s true that Master of Malts bottling are usually of good if not very good standard. I have tryed many veru good whisky from them.

  • Miguel Angel Blanch Lardin

    Yep, me too. I definitively enjoyed it. One of the best of the batch.

  • MARS

    Tryed this one blind with the WDTS and I loved it. I will buy a bottle, it’s sure. I prefered it without breathing!



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