Saturday, 21 December 2013

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Advent Calendar 19/24.  I’m a little behind again due to the logistics of the hangover season.  Even if the body is tired, the palate is still having fun with the calendar.  Another distillery under the microscope…

Auchentoshan Three Wood, 43% A⊕

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Matured in three different casks – PX, Oloroso and bourbon.  Beautiful colour.

Nose – Musky coffee, darkly sweet, a herby quality.  Slowly reveals deep, dark fruit with cherries and rich wood.  Some bakewell tart.  Takes a while to open up and reveal itself. A dark, complicated and delicious nose.

Body – Rich mince pie with brandy butter.  Dried cherries, plum, raisin and almonds.  Silky, smooth, fiery and intensely rich.

Finish – Balanced, smooth and sweet finish.  Quite hot, medium length.

What's not good about it: A little overt.  Finish lacks complexity.

What’s good about it: Beautiful nose, deliciously sweet, rich palate.  Deeply rich and smooth, incredible value.

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