Auchentoshan – Distillery Cask#133

After the long previous post on my distillery visit from last year I felt an urge to break out the little bottle I bought on the day.

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This cute little bottle is the distillery cask. A distillery cask is the single cask release only available from the visitor centre. A lot of visitor centre’s have these attractions now. At Auchentoshan the bottles are already pre-filled and sitting on the shelf. I am not a massive fan of this, I much prefer the real hands-on approach like at Bruichladdich. Below is a picture of me carefully(ish) filling a bottle directly from the cask. They then let you add the labels to the bottle before adding your own fresh stopper. That little bit of extra drama is welcome.

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The Dram

The distillery cask I have is an ex Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry cask. The whisky spent its full life in this one cask from February 2005 until October 2016. The bottling strength was 59.9% ABV and naturally this was not filtered or coloured before being hand filled into the bottle.

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Tasting Notes

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Colour – Treacle but cut with a red  tint

Nose – boiled sweets, cherries, raspberries, ginger

Palate – thick and chewy arrival, soaked raisins and blackcurrants

Finish – strong tea, wood tannin’s, spices with a very drying finish

Final Thoughts

On opening this bottle I am transported back to the distillery. That Auchentoshan character is there in the glass. This is a whisky to enjoy slowly and I would say requires a fair amount of water.

It is a whisky is two parts. Part one is a sharp and sweet affair. Lots of fruit and sugar and energy but then in the latter half it becomes dark, drying and luxurious.

The only mistake I made here was buying such a small bottle.

 

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