Etikettarkiv: Lowlands review

Auchentoshan Heartwood

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Lowlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: At first, the sherry notes are really dominating but they seem to sit on their own on top of everything. There’s raisins, plums and dades up there. Underneath, the spirit is mild with herbal notes. There’s Coca cola and a hint of butter in the middle.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and a bit spicy on the tounge with a speck of dust passing by. Otherwise it feels somewhat underaged with some spikey notes (even though it’s triple distilled). There’s liquorice, dried herbs and raisins coming through together with the cola note. The oak is somewhat dry and quite bitter and leans towards espresso and cocoa powder.

Finish: The sherry overtone swirls up and then disappears rather quickly. It gets replaced by the same cola and herbal notes as before. The bitterness from the dry oak is not especially pleasant when it sits all alone in the end of the finish.

Additional information
This travel retail release is triple distilled and aged around 7 years in a combination of american ex-bourbon oak barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry butts. It was realeased in 2012.

Auchentoshan Dark Oak

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Lowlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and off-brand cola. At first there are assorted dark fruits on top of a light and floral background with notes of violets and heather. The cola note floats around somewhere in the middle. After some time in the glass there’s a honey sweetness slowly building up around the edges of the glass. The dark fruits also increase in intensity and there are notes of ripe red grapes within. This is a nice nose although it feels young and a bit thin.

Mouth: It starts out with honey, liquorice and cola up front and a lemon peel sour bitterness in the back. It’s very mild and light. There’s not much of a body and there’s a cardboard note coming from the back. The dark fruits are now almost hidden. There’s a hint of gooseberries somewhere within. After a while the bitter notes create a black coffee and walnut background to discover for those with patience.

Finish: The finish starts with a mild whiff of the floral notes and just a tiny appearance of the sweetness and the dark fruits. It then directly moves towards coffee and oak once again. The walnuts are still there but they decrease in intensity as the coffee notes move forward. It’s a mild bitterness. In the late finish the floral notes return and creates a nice overlay. This is not a great whisky by any means, it’s somewhat thin and young, but there are nice notes floating around in there.

Additional information
The Dark Oak expression was released in 2019 as a travel retail exclusive. It’s aged in a mix of ex-Pedro Jimenez sherry casks, ex-Oloroso sherry casks and ex-bourbon barrels.

Glenkinchie 12 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Lowlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a big hit of apples and pears covered in honey. There’s also a floral side to it which sort of floats on top. Vanilla and a hint of oak are slowly emerging towards the edges of the glass. In the back there are both a sour lemon and a slightly bready note. There’s also a very mild menthol layer somewhere in between the floral and the fruity notes. This is a nice and straight forward nose without any complexity, but it doesn’t come through as boring.

Mouth: It starts out with a mix of sweet and sour. The sweetness moves forward and the sourness moves to the back which leaves room for a maltiness and some fruits in the middle. There are now grapes coming through which gives it a white wine aura. The fruitiness is somewhat subdued and the floral notes increase in intensity with time. There’s a sprinkle of dust as well as some earthy notes floating around inside. After a while the lemon note turns somewhat bitter, which actually works very well with the other flavours.

Finish: The menthol layer returns for a second or two but the rest of the flavours don’t really let it take over. It still produces the floral and fruity white wine notes, the bitter lemon and now there’s a toffee note peeking through in the middle as well. The oakiness makes a late entrance and it’s not the most interesting oak. It’s there but it lacks a bit of character. This is a very good whisky which produces some nice flavours. It’s quite mild which makes it a good choice for those who are new to whisky.

Additional information
This is one of the whiskies in the Diageo series ”The classic malts of Scotland”. It was released as the entry level of the core range in 2007. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels.