Auchentoshan 23yo, 1992-2016, Cask Strength Collection
ABV: 49.7%
Region: Lowlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Signatory Vintage
Cask type: Bourbon Barrel (#535, 192 btl.)

Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: A sweet start on the nose with creamy vanilla, toffee and crème brûlée. Filigree fruitiness behind with lemon, subtle orange, and a hint of mango coming through. The alcohol is not yet fully integrated but stays discreet in the background accompanied by tender spiced oak.
Palate: Strong on the palate with sweet vanilla, toffee and citric fruits - lemon and orange. This is complemented by a warming spiciness of pepper, ginger, and nutmeg. Clean and crisp with slightly dry oak towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, warm, and sweet with lingering vanilla and dry oak on the tail. Nicely mouth-coating.
With water: On the nose, water tames a bit of the filigree fruitiness bringing more oak to the fore. The alcohol is still very present. Strong and intense on the palate with a massive load of spices - oak, pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Less vanilla sweetness, less fruitiness but significantly dry with oaky tannins. The finish is a bit shorter. Dry oak dominates the creamy vanilla sweetness.
Comments: A beautiful and delicate dram. This Auchentoshan aged amazingly well. Multi-layered, with the lovely vanilla sweetness and filigree fruitiness being well balanced by the spiciness of the bourbon barrel. Clean, fresh, sweet and dry. Take your time with this, it deserves it. But, no water please!

I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!