My first sip of the new Travel Retail Auchentoshans, and I start at the high end of the range. I have samples of (I believe) Heartwood and Springwood sitting in my cupboard waiting to be explored.
The Solera is a bit of a strange bottling. There’s no age and barely any other information apart that it’s finished on PX sherry casks. The colour betrays that a little bit since there isn’t much else that can get a whisky this orange.
I’m not even sure whether or not this whisky is made using a Solera system. That means, having a really big vat and topping it up with new casks whenever you have drawn some bottles. It is used in the sherry industry and in some small segments of the whisky world too. Glenfiddich uses it for their 15 year old Solera.
The PX sherry is abundant right away! Lots of fruit, banana, orange, raisins and sweet sherry. I also get a bit of a creamy, caramely butter scent with milk chocolate.
Sweet and gently fruity. Dry with orange and chocolate, those wedges you buy in a good Belgian chocolate shop. Thick and syrupy, with light tropical fruits too.
The finish continues down this path but it, if possible, even more fruity. Again with the milk chocolate, butter caramel and orange.
This is, however you put it, absolutely delicious Auchentoshan. I don’t get much of the original distillery character, that is overpowered by the cask. However, in this case I like it nonetheless. The orange fruity notes are absolutely stunning and right in my alley.
Drawback, it’s kind of expensive. I don’t mind paying for whisky but I do like some information and with this one, apart from being finished in PX casks, there is absolutely no info at all. I find that weird.
This concludes our series of the Spring Tasting at De Whiskykoning. A really great whisky tasting of some new and some old Lowlands drams. This Auchentoshan Solera won top honours for me, with a good runner up in the Littlemill. Thanks Rob, for hosting this!
Auchentoshan Solera, 48%, PX sherry casks, € 169 at De Whiskykoning.