Last year Master of Malt bottled a 27 year old Auchentoshan which I really enjoyed. Mark Dermul, the Toshan Man, had a rather different opinion on it, stating that it contained massive amounts of FWP and thereby raising the question if that is something encountered in all Morrisson Bowmore bottlings from the 1980s.
At Maltstock this year, Ewald Lap, former whisky connaisseur of The Netherlands, and fellow club member brought this version of a 1984 Auchentoshan to the table to be shared. Usually old whiskies fly out in no time but for some reason, some of this one was left at the end of the weekend.
I had to promise that, after tasting it, I would send a sample to Mark Dermul in Belgium for his enjoyment. That will happen soon, the box is already sitting here but I just have to find the time to send it. Even walking to the post office for five minutes has to be planned nowadays.
It starts off with lavender. This scares me. I get gentle vanilla after that, with quite some dry, white oak. Yogurt ice-cream too. When you inhale deeper it gets some sharp edges but other than that it’s fairly gentle. Less intense than the Master of Malt one, if I remember correctly.
It’s sharp and spicy. Very sharp actually. Lots of alcohol, but coated in flowers, grass, lavender. Some vanilla and white pepper. Planed white oak.
Here things go terribly wrong. I get vanilla and laundry softener, and it lasts long. In this case you don’t want it to.
So, at first it’s not a too bad whisky, although I am far from being a fan. It’s kind of middle of the road and tries to make up for that by sheer sharpness and spiciness. Then in the finish the FWP kicks in. I am getting more and more adverse to those flavours and this one is drowning in it at the end. A bummer, I had hoped for another lovely dram like the one tasted earlier.
Auchentoshan 27yo, 1984, 53.0%, Whiskybroker.co.uk. Used to cost only € 75 or so.
Thanks to Ewald for letting me taste this. The bottle will be leaving for Belgium soon.