Willie JJ wrote:Just got back from the Auchentoshan launch bash in Glasgow. I was a bit worried at first because the drams seemed inoccuous to the point of pointlessness. However it turned out they had been sitting on the bar for a wee while in large tumblers in a very hot room. Once we got fresh drams poured it was a different story.
They range consists of:
The Classic and 12yo are pleasant, but uninspiring; a bit too light for me.
The three wood is much more interesting. Ten years in bourbon before being finished first in Oloroso then in Pedro Ximinez. Very drinkable.
Then the 18yo. Now we're talking. This is a real dram, definitely worth a try, although at £50 a bottle there may be more interesting alternatives.
Finally, the 21yo is excellent. A really good dram. As the drams get older there is an increasing proportion of sherry casks in them and it really shows with the 21yo. I could happily drink this stuff on a regular basis, but no doubt the price will put paid to that. I forgot to ask but no doubt it will be well North of the 18yo's £50.
All in all I was not disappointed, especially with the older expressions. Auchentoshan has always been capable of making good whisky and while the younger expressions of the new range are just a little too light for my jaded palate there was definitely something in the range for me.