Saturday, 28 June 2014

SMWS 5.37 (Auchentoshan) Lazing on a Sunday afternoon

I’m starting to develop a thing for triple distilled whiskies, I might have to avail myself of the BenRiach Horizons at some point.

SMWS 5.37, Auchentoshan, 13 years old, Lazing on a Sunday afternoon, 59.5%

11 October 2000, 169 bottles, refill ex-bourbon hogshead.

IMG_20140628_182743230Nose - Lemon boiled sweets, pine needles, crayons and rich backing cereal. A touch of grapefruit. Fresh, bright, clean and summery.  Lovely.  With water, the boiled sweets and rich wood come through more assertively and the nose opens up to include freshly squeezed oranges and a little hot rosemary.

Body - Fizzing lemon and pine.  Water brings intense grapefruit and grapefruit zest, but reveals some bitterness.

Finish - Long, toffeed, bright and clean and a little bit spicy.  Complex and rather good.  Water upsets the balance somewhat.

What’s not good about it - Bitterness is the curse of the fruity whiskies.  Water makes the most of the nose and the initial delivery but upsets the finish.

What’s good about it - But overall this is quite a bargain- extraordinarily citrusy, sweet and delicious with loads of complexity and interest.  Definitely recommended, and as part of the epic trio in June (with the Arran and the Bowmore) it was a no brainer.  They’ll still sell you a bottle in the bar, I reckon.

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