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02 Apr 2014

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Auchentoshan

Let’s try one of the base whiskies again: Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, which replaced the old 10 Year Old as the youngest expression in the core range of this Lowlands distillery (except for the new NAS releases like Auchentoshan American Oak and the many travel retail products).


Auchentoshan 12 YearsAuchentoshan 12 yo (40%, OB +/- 2013)

Nose: a slightly dusty nose (a rye kind of dustiness) with leafy notes and walnut or hazelnut husks. Peanut butter. Sugared cereals, light honey and lots of yellow apple. It’s actually quite nice. Mouth: slightly weak entry, too watery and not a lot going on, I’m struggling to pin down flavours. Apples again, malty notes definitely, and a vague honey / brown sugar sweetness. Quite flat, at least until the nuttiness comes back towards the end, together with some spices. Finish: smooth, not too long, sweet and slightly nutty again.

No need to bring out the trumpets, but this Auchentoshan 12 is still a nice entry-level whisky. Too bad the palate is three steps lower than the nose. Around € 45.

Score: 80/100

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-04-02
  • selfbuilt

    Thanks for the well-balanced review. I would personally score it a little higher, but can’t really disagree with any of your points. In my hourse, it goes over particularly well with newcomers to single malts (and whiskies in general).



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