Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan Tasting Notes

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Auchtentoshan, Scotch Whisky A-G

Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan 1991 (15 year old) 59%

Bourbon Cask 478/ Dist Feb 1991 Btl: May 2006/ Tasted: June 2006

A clean but high toned nose of custard creams and earth with a slight menthol note and a touch of spice. The palate is pleasantly fruity with the vanilla and earth notes joined by a rampaging chorus of sweet spices. Lean and quite succulent with the custard cream note on the finish.

Water however brings out an unwanted vegetal/ botanical note on the nose and whilst it softens the palate, making it sweeter and creamier all those lovely spices have up and left the building! Dissapointing.

Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan 1991 (16 year old) 58.5%

Sherry Cask 477/ Dist: Feb 1991 Btl: Sept 2007/ Tasted: Oct 2007

The nose was estery and had that aroma of decaying rose petals and on the palate it was down right insipid and nasty and I thought to myself how pretty much every private Bourbon casked Auchentoshan I have tasted has been pretty insipid, with only the distillery bottling being worthy of mention, and that is probably only because they whack it into Sherry casks in order to give it some character. So imagine my surprise when I looked at the label and saw this was a Sherry matured Auctentoshan! – How? You what?! If there was even the remotest hint that a Sherry cask had been within a thousand yards of this, well I’m a Dutchman!

Dewar Rattray Auchentoshan 1990 (22 year old) 55.1%

Bourbon Cask 17288/ Dist: 1990 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

The nose is fairly oaky with a pleasant degree of toasted caramel vanillins along with some crisp, mature, lightly earthy, neutral-ish spirit notes, which hover with a grain like intensity. Some peppery spices come through with a smidge of sugar too. With time it becomes evocatively floral. Lovely nose! 

The palate is soft and again fairly oaky with some lovely nutty notes mingling with mature straw, earth and light decaying rose petals. Exceptionally clean and silky with the alcohol adding piquancy along with buckets of peppery rose petal notes on the finish. Light but lingering and so, so peppery! A lovely mature ‘toshan! 

A drop of water makes the nose feel older. There is less of the oak influence and more of the straw and lemon. The palate is much the same. Dilution removes some of the peppery intensity, so I would opt to drink this neat.

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