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Auchentoshan 12 yo

by Oliver Klimek on February 3, 2011


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Apples, raisins, caramel. vanilla, hints of oak.
Palate: Apple crumble with light custard, sprinkled with rose petals.
Finish: Rather short,  fruity, dry and slightly floral.
Overall: A smooth Lowland malt that is quite pleasant on the palate, but the finish is over much too soon.

Rating: 78/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Buy Auchentoshan 12 yo at Master of Malt

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Dermul February 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I fully agree with your tasting notes, Olivier. It’s my go-to malt when I get home from the office, ideal aperitif before dinner.
Feel free to check out my notes on 🙂


Marco Nijholt February 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hi Mark,

Read your article in the Whisky Passion, your famous now 😉

But thats not why we are here!
I like the 12yrs, but have you tried the Classic? It’s a bit cheaper but I prefer it over the 12 year old.



Oliver Klimek February 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I never tried the Classic, but I will look out for it.


Mark Dermul February 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Hi Marco, thanx 🙂 It was just good fun.
Anyway, in my opinion Classic is actually the least of the Toshans, but of course that’s very personal.
My fav Toshan is the 1978 Bourbon Barrel Matured, but you can buy 10 bottles of 12 Year Old for that price tag 🙂


Marco Nijholt February 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm


I think the 12 year old has to much caramel flavour.
The classic is more pure.

My favorite is the old 21 year old. Haven’t tried that 1978 😉

Its a great distillery with a lovely visitor center.
And often underestimated.



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