Auchentoshan 24 Years Old The Duchess Shieldmaiden Ylva SAMPLE 2CL 1990
|Bottled for||The Duchess|
|Cask Type||bourbon cask|
Selected by Luc Timmermans
Serge Valentin (87)
This baby has been selected by our friend Luc Timmermans, so in theory, it should resemble a Glenfarclas. I wrote ‘in theory’…
Colour: white wine.
Nose: no fruity burst, rather an oily and grassy start, with some green tea and cigars (gotcha Luc), then rather tinned fruits, from guavas to peaches. Rather a textured Auchentoshan, without any excessive vanilla-ed oak. With water: floral! Rose petals and, well, gewürztraminer. Rather Luc indeed.
Mouth (neat): it’s one of those Auchentoshans that have got an Irish side, with passion fruits and mentholated bananas (?!) at first, then more grassy teas and leaves and peelings. All that rather works in sync, I have to say. With water: a grassier Bushmills of some sort.
Finish: medium, fruity and leafy. Don’t I find kiwis now?
Comments: an excellent good, clean, and yet complex old Auchentoshan. And above everything, there’s little vanilla!
Words Of Whisky:
Nose: Soft and gentle vanilla sweetness and dusty oak, but also straw. Milk chocolate and subtle fruits. Peach with a whiff of lime.
Taste: Some bitter oak and mild spices (cloves), accompanied by light notes of honey and linseed oil. Traces of underripe banana peel and pear.
Finish: Gentle yellow fruits. Finally somewhat grassy. Medium in length.