BTC #9: Auchetoshan 2008, 9yo, Handfilled, 59.9%

Another fairly dark whisky was up for guessing yesterday. Based on the whisky from the day before, it could only improve, right?



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It starts with a bit of a rough sherry, and some sharpness. It’s quite fruity, but there are some sharp edges to it. Creamy with golden syrup, some pencil shavings. Also flavors of cashew nuts, mocha and a hint of menthol.

The palate is sharp with chili pepper. Quite spicy, chaff and oak. Lots of oak. Dried fruits with a rough edge again. After a while it mellows a bit, which isn’t a bad thing.

The finish stays fruity and isn’t very long.

So, a rather short finish, a very oak driven whisky and not overly complex on the palate. It makes me say that this one is a young one again. Somehow, mostly because it’s slightly rough on the nose, and with some sharp edges to the sherry, it made me think of young Bruichladdich.

Obviously I was incredibly wrong on everything, except an inkling of an idea to the age. That netted me 20 points. My only excuse is that, generally, I find the character of most Islay whiskies very similar to Lowlands whiskies, except for the salt and smoke.

It’s pretty hard to guess a whisky’s character if the oak is so overpowering. Or at least to me, because there was obviously someone who guessed it right.


Auchetoshan 2008, 9yo, Oloroso Sherry Cask 34, Handfilled, 59.9%


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 BTC #9: Auchetoshan 2008, 9yo, Handfilled, 59.9%

  1. cowfish says:

    I’m with you on the Islay thing – I often compare pre-1990s Bruichladdich to Bladnoch and other weightier styles of Lowlander.

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