Auchentoshan Batch 5 TBWC

"The influence of the bourbon cask seems overpowering at first, but settles down to revealing a complex, fragrant and fruity Lowlands whisky, so I would call this a perfect buy for the summer"

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company, great company name by the way, has been making name the last couple of years by releasing quality-rich limited editions of all kinds of spirits, whisky, bourbon, rye, rum, gin, you name the lot. Their bottles are covered by graphic novel labels that represent in some way the original distillery, albeit that consumers might need some hints about the idea behind the graphics. Lowlands distillery Auchentoshan has featured six times in TBWC’s range, with the fifth being a special bottling for the 50th anniversary of Dutch spirit importers Bresser & Timmer. And that is exactly the one that we encountered within the 9th sample of the blind tasting competition.

Nose

Within an instant the nose is filled with tangerines. We clearly have a fairly bourbon cask here. There or multiple green notes with lemon grass, lime juice, kiwi, other green fruits, also very grassy. Then we have white grapes and a bouquet of freshly picked flowers. The development is very citrussy, going into grasses and sweet sour fruits like sour apples. Slightly fatty with light fresh oils accompanied by fresh peanuts and a hint of salt. Seems like an almost perfect summery dram. Refreshing like a summer meadow in the morning.

Taste

Again the oranges are the forefront, followed by lime juice, and clear notes of cardamon. It is slightly drying with the wood influence clearer than in the nose. But we have some complexity with multiple grasses, tangerine peel, grapefruit, and a hint of soapiness, which is not disturbing at all. It becomes more grassy after a while, but these are counteracted with notes of kiwi, and nice tangy orange thing in the middle of my tongue, something like orange sweets. In fact, it is a really nice tanginess. We also have a reasonably long finish.

Overall

My first Auchentoshan, and a very nice one indeed. Also other contestants were very positive about this sample. The influence of the bourbon cask seems overpowering at first, but settles down to reveal a grassiness that is often associated with Lowlands whiskies. It also reveals a complex dram with enough fresh fruits and fragrant flowers. A well selected cask by the folks of That Boutique-y Whisky Company in collaboration with those at Bresser & Timmer. I would call this a perfect buy for the summer. 

What others say

Whiskybase: 84.88 (20 votes) * Thijs Klaverstein @WordsOfWhisky: 88/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
55%
Peat/smoke
5%
  • Grass
  • Tropical fruits
  • Flowers
Nose 88.5%
Taste 89.5%
Balance 89%
Depth 89%
Finish 88%
Score