Scotch Review: Auchentoshan 18-year Lowland Single Malt

The Auchentoshan 18's complexity and gentleness makes it a peer of any top-shelf whisky.

The distiller’s claim is both detailed and brief:

Triple distilled and matured in American bourbon oak for over eighteen years. The result: a refreshing Lowland single malt whisky with the added infusion of ripe citrus and green tea, the warmth of toasted almonds and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

Available in Michigan for $140, this whisky came recommended by Rishi, our dear and beloved proprietor of a local wine-and-spirits retailer. He compared it (favorably!) to The Macallan 18-year … and as always, his assessment proved correct.

Observations:

  • After a splash of water, the whisky revealed sexy legs and a nose that reminded me of a fresh-cut field of alfalfa and clovers.
  • A taste highlights the variety of flavor you’d expect from the good folks at Auchentoshan: A subtle, very soft flavor that caresses rather than cuts. Intial taste was sweet followed by citrus. The distiller claims “sweet barley” moving to “tangerine zestiness” and it’s easy to nod in agreement.
  • The finish was medium-short; it lingered warmly.

 

 

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