Let’s try one of the base whiskies again: Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, which replaced the old 10 Year Old. It is currently the youngest expression in the core range of this Lowlands distillery. Well, except for the new NAS releases like Auchentoshan American Oak and the many travel retail products from Auchentoshan.
Auchentoshan 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. This Auchentoshan 12 is a nice entry-level whisky. with an enjoyable nose. Too bad the palate is three steps lower. Around € 45.