Sunday, 7 October 2012

Whisky Discovery #179

Auchentoshan Springwood NAS (40% abv OB, 2012, 1l)
Lowland Single Malt Whisky
Travel Retail Release, Circa £35.00 1 litre
The Travel Retail only Springwood
The British Airport shops have been running a deal most of this year, offering two bottles of a limited range of whiskies for just £55.00. I picked up a couple of bottles on may way back from Mexico (that I've not opened yet) and a further pair of bottles on a recent business trip to France. This Auchentoshan was one of them.

Auchentoshan released a new range of no age statement whiskies earlier this year, the Springwood is the entry level bottling, and youngest of the range. It's been triple matured as with all Auchentoshan whiskies and then matured solely in North American Bourbon oak casks, bottled at 40% abv.

So what did I think?

It has a light golden colour, which has unfortunately been modified with the addition of caramel. On the nose it comes across as quite young, with lots of sharp citrus fruits; lime, grapefruit and lemon, there are grassy notes, and even some Vietnamese coriander. The vanilla notes you would expect from the Bourbon casks, eventually breaks out the sharp astringent notes.

On the palate its light fresh and delicate, there is a light sweetness to the vanilla notes, yet there is a grapefruit sourness that cuts through it, I guess it's what would be expected of a young classical Lowland single malt.

There is a drying nuttiness to the finish, with light pepper spice and citrus notes which all fades quite quickly

While not overly complex it is very drinkable whisky. It is quite young and there is that 'new make' feel to it. The addition of caramel is probably necessary to give it some colour, as I doubt there would be much from the casks considering it's assumed young age. It benefits from sitting in the glass for a while, which I didn't expect for such a young spirit, but being fresh and zesty would be perfect for sunny summer afternoons, however will have to wait until 2013 till I see one of those again. However, when you can pick up two litres for £55 it offers great value for money!

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