Auchentoshan Stillman’s Collection

by Oliver Klimek on June 4, 2010

Set of 3 miniatures only available at the distillery


My Tasting Notes:

1. New Distillate – 63.5%

Color: Clear
Nose: Rather weak, mostly pear, a hint of hay.
Palate: Very smooth, pear and a bit of porridge.
Finish: Short.

Score: 45/100

2.  1yo Bourbon Cask – 63%

Color: Very pale gold
Nose: Pear, vanilla and a touch of lemon.
Palate: Same as the nose, with the same hint of porridge as the newmake.
Finish: Medium long, slightly fruity.

Score: 55/100

3. 2 yo Oloroso Sherry Cask – 62.5%

Color: Full amber
Nose: Grapes, lemon, honey, a little nutmeg.
Palate: A little rough, lemon, grapes, oriental spices.
Finish: Rather long, fruity spice.

Score: 73/100

Overall: The raw Auchentoshan spirit is extremely smooth due to the triple distillation. But unfortunatley this also means that it is rather bland. The 1yo bourbon has quite a nice nose but the palate is still quite weak. I really quite like the 2yo sherry version which has picked up a suprising level of spicyness.

Given the character of the newmake, the character of Auchentoshan malts seems to be very much influenced by the casks used, and it really benefits from aging.

The set is quite pricey, it will set you back GBP 22 at the distillery shop. But I think it is a nice idea to offer such a pack because it gives you an insight into the maturation prcoess that you will have a hard time finding somewhere else.

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Mark Dermul February 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Olivier, did you also get some new make directly from the still when you were there? Mine was a staggering 81% and extremely smooth. Check out my bottle and tasting note at http://www.markdermul.be/toshanman/tasted/20100925toshannewmakespirit.html. Having said that, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to score new make, as – like you correctly pointed out – it’s very delicate because of the triple distillation and takes almost all of it’s character from the casks.

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Oliver Klimek February 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

No, I was’t offered newmake at the tour, perhaps because the day I was visiting the stills were not running. Regrding scoring, I think it’s valid to score newmake because newmakes can have quite some variations too. After all this is a product which is officially sold at the distillery. I much prefered the Glenglassaugh “Spirit Drink”, BTW, so I rated it higher.

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Mark Dermul February 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Oliver (sorry, I just discovered I kept misspelling your name!), I see what you mean score-wise. I too preferred the Glenglassaugh Spirit Drinks. Have you ever tried the Bruichladdich X4 Spirit? I really enjoy that one.

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Oliver Klimek February 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

No, so far I haven’t had the opportunity to try the X4 and the X4+3.

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