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This is a yearly cask strength release from Auchentoshan.
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.
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.
Long but hot. Artificially sweet and thick and lots of plastic.
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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