There are a few old Auchentoshan versions made available by the independent bottlers. The British from Master of Malt played with this 27 years old cask strength, in ex-bourbon cask. A surprising result…
Nose : The alcohol comes out quite strong but the nose opens well. At first, we have a hard time distinguishing the scents. They seem pretty melted with honey, a bit of apple and some vanilla. There is also an iota of cinnamon and a pinch of pepper. The opening brings a bit of chestnut and of violet candies. In the end, it remains pretty fresh without being ethereal. An interesting nose.
Mouth : An oily texture with a bit of vanilla, chestnuts but also floral touches around the middle of the mouth (candy violet). The alcohol is still a bit present. Adding water makes some honey come out. Floral notes arrive from the entry then it’s the malt that comes with chestnut cream. Too bad we still feel a bit of alcohol in the middle of the flavors. When it is well diluted, the candy part stands out even more, taking the upper hand over the rest.
Finish : We have a more traditional turnaround: malt and spices (the same as in the nose) notes that still escort flower tones. A good length that enables a comeback of the chestnut-violet duo in the aftertaste.