The single Auchentoshan 32-Year-Old Oloroso cask from 1979, currently under discussion, met with lavish praise from most reviewers. A little bit fiery and feisty, in a good way. This is an incredibly good Toshan. One of the best things to come out of this Glaswegian distillery in recent times.
Auchentoshan 1979 (32-Year-Old) (STK 0001)
The nose bursts with dark fruits, raisins in the lead. Next up are wonderful aromas of fresh leather, slightly burned cake, roasted almonds, liquorice allsorts and dark honey. Wonderfully seasoned with cinnamon and saffron and a pinch of aniseed. The delicate triple distilled spirit of Auchentoshan carries the three decades in a sherry cask with grace.
It is wonderfully creamy and mouth coating and immediately spicy. Again dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate, perfectly countered by the dry tannins of the oak. Liquorice and aniseed, again. Boy, this makes me absolutely happy.
The finish is drying and very long on liquorice, cinnamon and even some tobacco leaves.