Valinch 2012

ABV 57.2%
REVIEWED Issue 110
Brand: Auchentoshan
Expression: Valinch 2012
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 57.2%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Lowland, Scotland
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Quite herbal at first, alpine meadows and lavender. Caramel chews, Belgian sugar waffles and blackberry juice. A little old library, dusty books. Air cured meat and fresh bread.
Palate: Rich and creamy then the alcohol prickles. Sweet mango and chilli sauce, cinnamon apple pie. Then a turn with polished leather, slick and oily.
Finish: Sweet powdered sugar with cumin seeds.
Comment: Water helps you get past the alcohol but the oak is still dominant.
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Vintage leather jacket, a handful of copper coins, some waxy crayons (definitely navy blue!) and an overtly gristy note.
Palate: The leather continues onto the palate, alongside mint humbug, stewed tea with a lot of sugar and some overripe apple with slightly wrinkly skin.
Finish: A little thin, with a hint of leather remaining and a blast of dryness.
Comment: Pleasant in parts, but the oak hasn't been as friendly to this as you would have hoped.
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