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Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT


Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Fri May 15, 2009 4:10 pm

Welcome to the Auchentoshan Live Forum Tasting.

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  • Friday 15th May 7:00pm GMT - Sunday 17th May

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For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)

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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Fri May 15, 2009 6:11 pm

Thanks Matt! :thumbsup: I will be around Saturday afternoon and will have some Select, a Cadenhead bottling and the McClelland's Lowland. Hope to see some of you folks tomorrow.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Fri May 15, 2009 9:29 pm

Thanks again Matt! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's notes here. I have a sample of the Select at home, so I'll be adding my notes for that one over the weekend. :D :D
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Fri May 15, 2009 10:46 pm

Sadly the hotel I'm in doesn't have a single Auchentoshan behind the bar. Maybe I can find a dram of the 10yo somewhere tomorrow. :x
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Fri May 15, 2009 11:12 pm

Good evening,
I have only one sample of Auchentoshan in the house.
Old Masters bottling by James MacArthur
1992-2004 63.7%

:shock:
My wife just started to grill some squid! Unbelievable, it's impossible to smell anything else but squid in house for the next few hours...

Tried to pour the whisky back but is impossible because of the small opening.
:x
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat May 16, 2009 1:38 am

Tasted the sample for the second time, after air was a bit neutralised here and after a rather big pour a Laphroaigh WITC.
Here are my findings:
n: spicy wood, quiet a lot of alcohol, too much sting in the nose at 63.7%, after some water: vanilla, melon, maybe some pear,
t: lots of melon, some vanilla, peppermint, lime, later more and more malty, a hint of tabacco
f: peppermint, sweet, some metal taste
c: after adding some water a very gentle, delicate whisky. delicate not meaning 'no taste' but more like subdued. everything in this whisky is on a low level except for the alcohol.. my first auchentoshan btw.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Sat May 16, 2009 3:06 am

I don't have any Auchentoshan in-house and certainly not here in the Keys (Florida), but I'm a readin' any and all of the tasting notes. Any cask strength editions will be surely noted. :mrgreen:


Cheers!
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 6:24 am

I know it's undeclared but the McClelland's Lowland (40%) has to be Auchentoshan.

Nose: cinnamon sticks, pear/apple sauce, malty underneath, hints of fresh oak, heather and florals
Palate: tapioca pudding, custard, cinnamon sprinkles, red delicious apples
Finish: moderately long, cooked cinnamon apples and custard

For a young whisky, I find this one surprisingly complex and enjoyable.

I shall return tomorrow to revisit this one, the Auch Select and a Cadenhead bottling.

Good luck finding a whisky Willie.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby kyorke1 » Sat May 16, 2009 5:52 pm

Evening All,

I have four ubiquitous Auchentoshans to share tonight. Early start as I am off out tonight. These include:

Select
10Yo
12Yo
Three Wood

I'll look forward to reading all your notes sometime later.

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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby kyorke1 » Sat May 16, 2009 6:24 pm

Select

Glencairn with no water added.
Bottle 2/3 full opened over a year

Nose
Faint lemon and citrus notes. Deeper in the glass; perfumy with some herb and cut grass.

Palate
Lemon sweetness on the tip of the tongue followed by a little malt and not a lot else.

Finish
Becomes sour with some toasted notes and spicyness.

Comment
Not too exciting but a light, easy going dram.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby kyorke1 » Sat May 16, 2009 6:44 pm

10 Year Old
Glencairn with no water added.
Bottle 2/3 full opened over a year

Nose
More predominant than the Select. Off the top of the glass it could be a Bushmills 10yo, some mint. In the glass this is more inviting compared to the Select with more lemon, citrus, honey this time and a lot more of cut grass.

Palate
Honey and lemon with malt.

Finish
Sweeter than the Select with lemon remaining with grassy spicyness.

Comment
Better particually on the finish and more complex.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Sat May 16, 2009 6:54 pm

Thanks for the notes so far everyone, great job! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I look forward to seeing many more before this weekend is over! 8)
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby kyorke1 » Sat May 16, 2009 7:14 pm

12 Year Old
Glencairn with no water added.
Bottle cracked open today.

Nose
Bolder than both expressions whiffed so far, inviting, lemon again but now there are caramel notes with vanila and berries too.

Palate
The sweetness is subtle compared to the others, more bourbony notes come through, vanila and caramel. Gradually some of the old Auchentoshan character comes through but faintly.

Finish
Similar to those previously tasted, lemon, herb, little vanila and spiciness.

Comment
This has more to offer than the 10, but I feel that this has lost some of the distillery character.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby kyorke1 » Sat May 16, 2009 7:38 pm

Three Wood
Glencairn with no water added.
Bottle 1/2 full opened over 6 months

Nose
From far away, an Auchentoshan, lemon and citrus, herbal grass with some salt water taffy. In deeper lemon (oddly, i don't remember this previously) is predominant and smart (stingy) to the nose, followed by caramel and toffee.

Coming back to it, burnt caramel, popcorn.

Palate
Toffee hits the tongue immediately, fading to maltyness, rubber, then the Auchentoshan character comes through.

Finish Drying, wood, burnt, rubber, perhaps a little sulphur in there too.

Comment
My favourite of the Auchentoshans I have tried, lots of character a lot of which remains undiscovered until the 5th or so tasting I find. What may sound bad, like rubber, is actually quite interesting.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 7:44 pm

Well good morning everyone. :D Nice to see at least one person off and running. I will join in shortly here folks.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 7:59 pm

Well, I'm starting off with the McClellands, except last night was in a glencairn and today is in a snifter.

Nose: Much more of a sensation of alcohol in this glass. Little bit of cedar and oak shavings, some pumkin spices, varnish
Palate: pumkin pie, custard tarts, more of a cedar here today
Finish: drops off quickly but then just hangs around at low intensity. There's a bit of cinnamon in there over a creme brulee.

While I like this one, I think many will not. Probably because it isn't as delicate as most Lowland whiskies nor as powerful as some of the big sherried or Islay whiskies. This is basically an assertive Lowland whisky.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 8:08 pm

While finishing this dram, let me take the chance to recount a story to you from this past winter. I stopped by a friends with the Auchentoshan Select, a bottle that had been open for a while but was a relatively new bottling. He decided that we needed to do some research on Auchentoshan.

He pulled out an Auchentoshan Select and 10 yo from the late 80s to early 90s. What we found was that these older bottlings were far more heathery and flora, almost to the point of being perfumey. The newer Select had much more of wood characteristics and less of the meadow and perfume. We both thought the newer version to be the superior product.

I guess if there is a moral here is that the products change even if the distilleries don't intentionally do it. Sometimes it is for the better and that whisky you didn't like becomes one of your go to whiskies.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 8:13 pm

A little Auchentoshan Select, recent bottling.

Generally speaking, I wouldn't identify things differently from the McClellands. It's just that there is a little more intensity to the spice portion...and it finishes better.

I'm going to sit back with this one for a little bit. :)
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby I_SPEY » Sat May 16, 2009 8:14 pm

I'm so sorry, but there's no Auchentoshan in the house. Nevertheless, I wish you all lots of pleasure with the tasting.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 8:31 pm

Bummer.

Getter ready to pour the Cadenhead bottling.

Cadenhead, 19 yo, (forgot to right down the %), brandy glass
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat May 16, 2009 8:37 pm

Well, this is much more like a Lowlander.

Auchentoshan, Cadenhead, 19

Nose: lemony citrus, barley and flour, straw-dry heather,
Palate: very lemony but with a bready sweetness too, grasses and hays, anaestithizing
Finish: long and citric

Very different from the previous two. This is that delicate, floral-heather I expect from the Lowland whiskies. Enjoyable. A dash of water gives it a roasted barley and warm straw sensation on the palate.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby The Dazzler » Sun May 17, 2009 2:41 am

From the standard range of Auchentoshan I prefer the 12yo. There is a very good single cask of 17yo from Douglas Laing that is very good at the moment.


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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Mon May 18, 2009 5:25 am

Nice notes everyone. I wish that I had an Auchentoshan so that I can join in but I enjoyed reading everyones notes.

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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Wed May 20, 2009 4:27 am

Well thanks to all those that contributed. :thumbsup: Hopefully some others can come in a little later, as time permits, and share some of their thoughts. :iwbrnt:

Next month it's Clynelish! SOI, hope you remember. :mrgreen:
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Fri May 22, 2009 9:01 pm

Auchentoshan Select 40%

Glass: SMWS (l love this glass!!)

Nose: Lots of wood on the nose and some sweetness with a bit of spices lingering here too.

Palate: Sweet fruits, then it becomes a bit woody, but overall very smooth and tasty.

Finish: The finish isn't extremely long, but it's tasty with sweet spices lasting.

Comment: Just based on the fact that this bottle can be had for $23 here, I pretty much always have one of these on hand. Very tasty Lowlander, but this one has a really different profile from others I have had.
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby AdamMY » Sat May 23, 2009 3:43 am

Auchentoshan Classic

Auchentoshan
Classic
Coconut, vanilla, Brown sugar, soap(?)
Vanilla, slightly fruity, sugary, mild chili's.
Malt comes through with lingering chili's
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pale yellow
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%%
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Single Malt
Lowland
None
None
Glencairn
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Re: Auchentoshan - 15-17 May 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Tue May 26, 2009 6:25 am

Mikey and I have had a great weekend of whisky thus far and we thought everyone should be reminded of the June Benriach tasting and the July Bowmore tasting.

Thank you all for the Auchentoshan notes. Please return for June and July.
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