Auchentoshan 18, Oloroso Sherry Cask, 55.8%

Even though I quite like Auchentoshan, and some of their whiskies are really good, I’m nowhere near as fanatical as Mark Dermul. I don’t think anyone is.

This bottling caught my eye in 2006 when it came out. Auchentoshan, from a sherry cask and at cask strength. Not much can go wrong, right? Right. Also, it came in a surprising 750ml bottle, so an extra two drams for me!

Of course, with a whisky that’s usually very gentle, letting it rest in a sherry cask for 18 years is a balancing act that can easily go wrong. Luckily, it’s not a PX one!

This bottling is from a series that also had a bourbon cask at 16 years old and a Bordeaux wine finish at 17.

Auchentoshan 18 Oloroso cask. Image from WhiskybaseSniff:
It’s rather malty and has some vanilla off the bat. It turns towards the sherry rather quicky. The sherry is not overpowering and it gives scents of walnuts and vinegar. Pickled nuts I guess. It’s rather spicy and the fruity kind of sherry. Not really good, but far from bad either.

The palate is rather sharp at 55.8%, with the alcohol gives quite the bite. Again, spicy and slightly bitter. The malt is still here, but it’s more gentle. The nuts are too, but far less pronounced.

The finish is going towards the spices more with baking spices. The sherry has a bit of a vinegar like quality again and the nuts are back in full swing (pun intended).

It’s a bit of a strange one, this one. It might have changed slightly over the years that it’s been open, but not so significantly that tasting notes would be way off. The sherry took me by surprise since I expected a more fruity character when I bought this. Then again, this is nice too and I don’t consider it a waste of cash by any means.

Not my favourite, but far from bad too.

Auchentoshan 18, Oloroso Sherry Cask, 55.8%

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Auchentoshan 18, Oloroso Sherry Cask, 55.8%

  1. Pingback: Clynelish 1997-2014, 53.3% – Liquid Art | Malt Fascination

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