Last year Auchentoshan released a couple of new bottlings for travel retail. These are the Springwood, Heartwood, Cooper’s Reserve, Silver Oak and Solera. Since I have not been travelling since then I have not seen them in shops but I take it by now they are everywhere and you can pick them up at your leisure.
Usually I kind of like Auchentoshan. By that I mean that there have been bottlings that I really enjoy and there are some I like less. I don’t think I have tried many Auchentoshan that it outright disliked. Maybe the 2012 version of their Valinch.
Heartwood is at the lower end of their new releases with it being a sherry finish, while Springwood is a bourbon matured whisky. The rest ramps up in price and fits different profiles.
You really notice its youth right away, since it is a very spirity whisky. There is a certain cookie like sweetness and slight bitter marmalade scent. I also get hints of sweet lemon. It’s very very light and for some reason not really my cup of tea. Almond and lemon merengue pie (which I do like).
The palate is surprisingly full for such a light and young whisky. Summery with fruit and spirit. A bit gin-like. Again the lemon and almond combination is going on and I’m liking the palate better than the nose, so far. There’s some allspice too.
The finish is again spirity and the sherry casks show a bit of that rather typical mustiness here. Fruit, cloves and other parts of allspice, almond, lemon.
At first I was very disappointed with this whisky. The nose still doesn’t sit right with me. The palate and finish do fix some of the complaints I have, but since I usually nose a whisky rather long I am not a huge fan. It’s a nice whisky and it’s probably rather cheap, so you’re not in the hole for too much if you don’t like it. It’s not bad, but I’m not buying it either.
Auchentoshan Heartwood, 43%, sherry finished, € 33 for a full liter!