Auchentoshan has been one distillery I’ve yet to post any notes about. Weird, but when I come to think of it, I’ve only tasted very few ‘Toshans in the last few years, and don’t really know why. To rectify this I went to the source, The “Toshan Man” A.K.A Mark Dermul, who is a very well known Auchentoshan fan and collector, who also has a very nice site and blot documenting his collections and Auchentoshan adventures. Mark is a very nice man, and I’ve managed to arrange a wee sample swap with him, so I can enrich my Auchentoshan experience and gain more information, and try some of their range. 10 little sample bottles filled with this lowland nectar arrived a few weeks ago, and this is the first tasting note , and more coming. So, expect quite a few ‘Tosham reviews in the coming weeks.
Nose: caramelized apples, oak and lemon tart, rather fresh.
Palate: Sweeter than the nose, with ginger candy, oak, raisins, tangerine and citron. Gentle on the palate with not a lot of body, but very drinkable.
Finish: medium. Nutty and semi sweet.
All in all this is a fine dram, but nothing to get all excited, It’s fresh, with some sherry notes, and lemon and citrus ouotlining. Nice for a summer evening here in Israel, or as an aperitif. Not very impressive, but again, as a young 40% entry level dram (it’s not the youngest, as they also releaser a ‘Classic’ NAS expression) it delivers. Pricing is fair, yet I think you can do better at that price range.