Auchentoshan 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.

Nose: Lemon, mint leaves, a little dusty and dry. Not huge but quite pleasant nonetheless.

Body: Lighter side of medium and just a little waxy. The liquid is pale gold.

Palate: Apple, elderflower, pear, lemon sherbet. It’s smooth, clean and tart.

Finish: Long. The lemon sherbet just keeps on going and won’t leave, a little lemon rind and sour plum rounds it out very nicely.

Neat/Ice/Water: Some mild heat at 46.6% but I wouldn’t have this any other way.

Verdict: Quaffable (knocking on the door of Superior). This is still available in the London store at £70. It’s well priced due to the fact it’s so darn nice to drink. A real sipping dram for when you want something good that you don’t have to focus on too much. Just sit back and enjoy it. It’s light, sweet, smooth and has no smoke to speak of. A great dram for new comers and pro’s alike.

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