Auchentoshan 1966 31 Year Old, a single cask bottling of Auchentoshan, distilled in 1966 and matured for 31 years before its release in the late 1990s.
Auchentoshan 1966 31 Years - Cask #509 (Bot. 1997, ABV 45.1%)
This one should tell us a different story. Colour: gold. Nose: quite amazingly, the pearish notes are still there but sort of coated with a very elegant oakiness (certainly not of the varnishy / antique shop / newly sawn plank type). We’ve got even more menthol now, orange liqueur, a lot of vanilla not unlike in a bourbon, thuja box, fir honey and milk chocolate. All that noses younger than 31yo. Goes on with a little coconut and church incense as well as white pepper and touches of nutmeg. Very lively and complex. Mouth: really excellent! Superb attack, rather unusual in fact, with lots of resin sweets, mint, chocolate, roasted nuts, nougat... Gets even more honeyed after a while, with a permanent oaky underline of the highest grade. Gets quieter after the rather wham-bam attack, more candied and classically jammy (orange marmalade). Very classy. Auchentoshan 1966
Finish: maybe not as long as expected, reminding me of the greatest arracks, on notes of dates and a little apricot jam together with ‘true’ vanilla, with a resinous aftertaste. Complex and excellent, high-grade wood. 90 points. (thanks, Ho-cheng).
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||43.5%/ 70cl|