Hunter Laing Auchentoshan Tasting Notes

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Auchtentoshan, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2398/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: July 2014/ Tasted: Aug 2014

The aromas are a little muted at first and quite straw-like. A touch of sweet Turkish delight emerges along with some herbal rye-like notes, followed by coffee, barley and a touch of toffee. Now the complexity is coming out. A touch of raisinated, almost Cognac-esque fruit emerges and with time some fragrant incense notes appear. Very interesting and evolving nose!

The palate is quite sweet with lightly honeyed barley followed by oxidised fruit and mature rose petals. Lightly coffee’d on the middle with developing woody spices. Taught and tart finish as the alcohol nips but the dried fruit and woody spices linger. Not too shabby as they say and it tastes a lot older than 16.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2534/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Succulent and barley’d wiuth white fruit, pepper and hints of Turkish delight on the nose. A lovely barley intensity with an almost mineral freshness and a touch of delicate but creamy oak.

The barley on the palate is a little oilier and there is a touch more toffee’d oak, however it’s still very well balanced by the fresh citric notes. Hints of subtle pepper, granulated sugar, rose petals and apricot follow. Again an almost mineral fresh finish with a touch of drying spices.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2559/ HL12294

Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

A lovely, dusty and fragrant nose of barley, sweet rose petals, rose Turkish delight, eucalyptus, thyme and pepper. Classically ‘toshan with late hints of lime, gooseberry and vanilla.

The palate shows a touch more oak and feels a little fuller. Gently mature with barley and hints of coffee, rose petals, granulated sugar, citrus and pepper. A lovely, spicy finale with lingering rose Turkish delight.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2559/ HL12294

Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Apr 2016/ Re-Tasted: Nov 2016

A lovely, gristy, perfumed white fruit nose with hints of apricot, rose petals and a touch of granulated sugar. Late notes of citrus, gooseberry and buttery oak.

Lightly oiled on the palate and quite full with apricot, rose petals, buttery oak and wonderfully soft spice. Mouth-filling and robust with a long, spicy and mouth-watering finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1997 (19 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2623/ Dist: May 1997 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite full and barley’d with hints of pear, lemon, strawberry, grainy spice, rye-like herbs and supple vanilla oak. It becomes fresher with time as the citrus kicks in and there’s a lovely, developing floral note too.

The palate exudes sweet barley, pear, raspberry and a touch of straw. Wonderful citric intensity on the middle and that lovely peppery spice builds. Hints of malt, wood tannins follow and the finish is long, floral with hints of Turkish delight and rye-like herbs on the finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchentoshan 1993 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2517/ Dist: Oct 1993 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

The nose is quite high toned, grassy and citric with hints of mature honey and barley. Lightly oiled with some buttery, Bourbony oak notes developing along with a touch of earth and fragrant herbs. It takes awhile to get going but it fills out rather well.

The palate opens with some straw-like barley and plenty of creamy/ toffee’d oak. Possibly the oak is a little too dominant but the citrus and herbal notes push through. Long and spicy with the distinctive lightly oiled, triple distilled notes coming through on the finish along with a touch of rose water and lightly bittering tannins.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchentoshan 2002 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0020/ Dist: Oct 2002 Btl: May 2014/ Tasted: June 2014

A nose of pear drops and buttered toffee. Very sugary with hints of sweet rose water. Strangely appealing.

The palate opens with buttered toffee and strawberry notes. Quite confected and very sweet, however some citrus notes do come through and with the alcohol cleans the finish, but the strawberry sweetness lingers.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchentoshan 2002 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0070/ Dist: Oct 2002 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

A fresh, crisp and grassy nose with hints of boiled sweets, toffee, perfumed rose water and a late hint of pepper.

The palate is lightly peppery with barley, rose Turkish delight coming through. Sweetens on the middle as the strawberries and cream boiled sweet notes arrive. Quite full but finishes fresh and citric with a lovely black pepper after-taste.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchentoshan 2003 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0101/ Dist: Jan 2003 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Aromas of cocoa powder and rose water to begin with. Lightly soapy, (but not unpleasantly so) with hints of shredded wheat, vanilla and rose Turkish delight. It becomes quite sweet with time.

The palate is sweet with rose Turkish delight and oily barley. Again biscuity with castor sugar and raspberry Angel Delight notes. Long and slightly peppery but still fairly sweet.

 


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Auchentoshan 2003 (12 year old) 48%

Bourbon/ Code: ART0030/ Dist: Jan 2003 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Earthy aromas of straw and marc-like green fruit. Underlying perfumed barley, rose water and hints of black pepper. It becomes a little sweeter with time and develops a sort of Tequilla-like character.

The palate is full and fleshy. Quite herbal and again Tequilla-esque with pulped white fruit and a straw-like middle with a touch of rose water and raspberries. Quite a citric and peppery finish with lingering marc-like notes.

 

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