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Auchentoshan Valinch 2012

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  • Distiller:

    Auchentoshan

  • Bottler:

    Auchentoshan

  • ABV:

    57.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Altogether this is a decidedly strange whisky that doesn’t entirely hang together. Curious more than anything.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Even if you don't detect the smoke in the aroma, which tends towards fresh apple and vanilla, it's in full bloom on the palate.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Adding a few drops of water will calm the fire just a tad while enhancing the vanilla and sweet chocolate notes."
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Big spice as it opens with a fruity backbone. Liked it quite a bit, but for some reason just couldn’t quite give it a B+…
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The tail end of the tasting notes and the finish really cripple it. I like that it is cask strength and sort of unique but the taste just can’t hold up.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Spice, cream, and lively Jaffa oranges on the palate. A touch of (not unpleasant) new make spirit comes through in the relatively lengthy finish.
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  • Intro:

    This is a yearly cask strength release from Auchentoshan.

  • Nose:

    Vanilla and some strong wood noted followed by wine and what smells like grape PX sweetness. Sugary, syrupy and thick on the fruit. I don't think this is a wine finished whiskey but damn does it smell like it.

  • Taste:

    Thicker on the tongue than I expected, there's some astringent plastics, some wine and gritty sweetness and a bit of thick cream. It's pretty delicious overall but would be truly amazing if not for that bitter astringent plasticky note.

  • Finish:

    Long but hot. Artificially sweet and thick and lots of plastic.

  • Overall:

    The tail end of the tasting notes and the finish really cripple it. I like that it is cask strength and sort of unique but the taste just can't hold up.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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