Master of Malt: Auchentoshan 27yo

Auchentoshan

I’m sure some of you beady eyed readers will have noticed I’ve been riding on the Morrison Bowmore bandwagon quite a bit recently, having reviewed a Bowmore and a couple of Auchentoshans in the recent past. Good things come in threes, so they say, and so here’s another article extolling the loveliness of the whiskies which have come from this stable. Today I have the pleasure of sampling another old Auchentoshan – a 27yo single cask whisky bottled by Ben Ellefsen and his elves at Master of Malt. I’ve had quite a few Master of Malt bottlings over the years and felt I had to wax lyrical about their 30yo Speyside last spring seeing as the liquid was just so bloody good. Am I therefore looking forward to this whisky? Damn straight.

Master of Malt Auchentoshan 27yo
Single Cask
209 bottles only
58% ABV
£99.95 from here

Nose: Remarkably fresh given that it’s been in a cask longer than I’ve been alive. Freshly cut grass, peaches with cream, lemon zest, macaroon bars, some white chocolate and a bunch of mixed flowers. All in all quite light but with good complexity.

Palate: Pick n Mix sweets, apples, pears and bananas to start. Then moving on to light honey and marzipan all underlined with a peppery spice.

Finish: Long and tingly. Sweet vanilla, almonds and cherry bakewells with a dash of wood spice.

Overall: This whisky was fresh and lively right from the off and the delicate spirit shows no signs of being overwhelmed by the oak whatsoever. It’s really quite strange how the oak barely comes through in the liquid at all to be honest, but this whisky is all the better for it; it allows the maturing spirit to shine through and show its complexity. I maybe had this too early in the year as I imagine it’d suit being drank during a stroll in the garden on a spring evening. Ah well, the sun’s bound to return at some point… isn’t it?

Tiger

PS. On a side note, a big thank you to Rachel Barrie who made a special guest appearance at our blog birthday on February 4th at Michael Neave’s Kitchen and Whisky Bar. It was great to see you and we hope you had a wonderful time. And you certainly didn’t have to give us a birthday present, but the Bowmore Laimrig is very much appreciated…

 

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