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!
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%