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"This Auchentoshan single cask release from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been aged for 14 years in a 2nd fill ex-sherry butt. SMWS 5.48 Stave New World, distilled in 2000 is one of only 246 bottles filled for this cask strength release." - Abbey Whisky Site
Apple butter, vanilla cream, honey, gingerbread. Super rich.
Thick, rich. Very mild heat. Melon, cantaloupe, vanilla cream, honey, mild pepper - all sweet. Some toffee, some raspberry, apples and pears.
Long, growing heat here but not punishing. Some astringency, pepper, plastic, clove, faint fruitiness. Rich cream.
Very apparent transition from the palate to the finish, and not in a way that I think I really like. That said, this is generally very nice, and the finish is what keeps it from climbing higher. The nose was sublime, though, and quite delicious.