Auchentoshan 27, 58% – Master of Malt

Auchentoshan, one of the few remaining Lowlands distilleries, is one you come across rather often. Usually, though, not at this age. Between 8 and 15 years old is much more common, of course, but I don’t think I have ever tasted such and oldie.

All their whisky is distilled three times, just like Hazelburn from Springbank, and just like a lot of Irish whiskey. A gimmick that lets them put whisky in the barrel at a higher strength if they want to, which warrants longer aging. Whether or not they do so, I don’t know, but I might ask Mark Dermul, an avid Auchentoshan collector.

Sniff:

Auchentoshan 27 at Master of Malt

Auchentoshan 27 at Master of Malt

Fresh vanilla with some basil and mint. Light woody notes with a minuscule bit of bitterness. Some rosemary too, so a rather herbal whisky, this. Autumn leaves, nougat and white chocolate.

Sip:
Sharp, but full and rather rich. Vanilla, wood, bitter, some chili pepper. Again nougat and chocolate, dark chocolate this time. Also some caramel.

Swallow:
The finish is long and doesn’t give you too much sweetness. Bitter wood, but only just. Coffee, a little bit drying and chalky.

I haven’t tasted all of the new Master of Malt single casks yet, but so far this is my favorite. The only ones that might trump this are the Clynelish and Arran. I’ve heard good things, but I find it unlikely that they take this baby’s crown. Absolutely delicious stuff, this. Depending on the end game of my whisky budget this month, I’m ordering this.

Auchentoshan 27, 58%, Master of Malt. Available in their webshop for £ 99.95 and absolutely worth it. A sample is only £ 6.76 so get it, and try it.

Official sample provided by Master of Malt.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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7 Responses to Auchentoshan 27, 58% – Master of Malt

  1. Normally, Auchentoshan also brings down the ABV from around 81% to the industry standard of around 63% before putting it in cask, but that does not mean they sometimes cask higher strength spirit as well. As for the tasting notes, you seem to enjoy this quite a bit. I must say, I had a different experience with it. Check it out at http://markdermul.be/toshanman/tasted/20130125indie27masterofmalt.html. I found it needed not only a lot of water, but also a lot of airtime (after adding the water) to make it less perfumy. For me, this was a bit FWP-like at first.

  2. EMalt says:

    Anyone compared it to this one? Both casks yielded 209 bottles, and we’re bottled 4 day’s apart from eachother, sisters?
    http://whiskybase.com/whiskies.php?merkid=51&whiskyid=38452

  3. Have not compared it, even though I have the WhiskyBroker bottle in my collection. I dare not open it now…

  4. Pingback: Clynelish 15, 56.1% – Master of Malt | Malt Fascination

  5. Pingback: Auchentoshan 27yo, 1984, 53.0% – Whiskybroker.co.uk | Malt Fascination

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