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Auchentoshan 12 Year


Auchentoshan 12 Year Taste Profile
Stats – 40% alcohol, triple distilled, Lowland
Price – $45
Color – Golden
Nose – Light, vanilla, floral yet sweet.
Palate – One of the few Lowland distilleries, Auchentoshan (pronounced “ahh-hen-toe-shen” listen to Brian Cox say it though, it’s like a glorious Scottish sneeze).  This whisky is slightly sea-spray salty at the front end, but that fades quickly to a rich sweet bourbon profile with dark cherries hitting the  back of the tongue.  The finish comes with a hint of iodine astringency that reminds you you’re drinking scotch, but the bourbon quality is ever present.  Sweet and malty with a bit of buttery richness, much like a shortbread cookie – just a little salty but nice and sweet too.  A touch of citrus zest.  The iodine fades and the richness grows as this one breathes.

Alternatives:

  1. Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year (82%)
  2. Rowan’s Creek (78%)
  3. Glenmorangie 10 Year (76%)

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Glenkinchie 12 Year


Glenkinchie 12 Year Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol, Lowland
Price – $45
Color – Light amber
Nose – Spicy and sweet
Palate – The cereal sweetness is present at the front of this whisky with a slight medicinal taste.  The body is predominantly spicy and peppery.  A little bit of peat and lemongrass helps cut through the astringency.  The finish and aftertaste is honey-like and sweet.

Alternatives:

  1. Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Reserve (89%)
  2. Strathisla 12 Year (86%)
  3. Longrow 10 Year (84%)

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