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Auchentoshan 18 yo (2016, OB, 43%)

We guys from the X Generation often fall into apathy and aimlessness, victims of the ennui, so posh amongst the western decadent middle-class. Lacking future, we spend the present developping foolish plans: for instance, during this barelylegal week, we’ll merely taste 18 yo OB whiskies. We start from South, from the Lowlands, with the Auchentoshan 18 yo, matured in ex-bourbon casks.

auchentonshan-18yo

N: various suggestions, not really surprising: sultanas, red apples, dried nuts, honey, warm malt, something between caramel and toffee. And a hint of orange peel. It sounds very pleasant and indeed it is, but we can’t hide a general sense of flatness: rich aromas, but they lack deepness. To be honest, a wet cardboard note emerges.

P: easy body, so it’s definetely drinkable. Honey suggestions come back, yellow fruits (apricots and apples). Later, a load of vanilla, getting more complex with a nice citrusy touch that reminds tangerine.

F: rather light, but quite intense, focused on vanilla and yellow fruits.

It’s not bad at all, this lowlander triple distilled: it earns our sincere 84/100. The price (90 euro) is correct for this kind of ageing. Nevertheless, the sweetness leaves us with a bitter taste (ha!). In a 18 yo whisky we’d love to find something more than an easy and pleasant dram. Anyway, it’s a huge improvement from that tragic 18 yo we tasted time ago…

Recommended soundtrack: LP – Fighting with myself.

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