Review #102 | /r/Scotch Review #38 – Auchentoshan Valinch 2012
The Schtick: This is a yearly cask strength release from Auchentoshan.
ABV: 57.1% ABV
Nose: Vanilla and some strong wood noted followed by wine and what smells like grape PX sweetness. Sugary, syrupy and thick on the fruit. I don’t think this is a wine finished whiskey but damn does it smell like it.
Taste: Thicker on the tongue than I expected, there’s some atringent plastics, some wine and gruity sweetness and a bit of thick cream. Someone make a dick joke, I dare you. It’s pretty delicious overall but would be truly amazing if not for that bitter astringent plasticy note.
Finish: Long but hot. Artificially sweet and thick and lots of plastic.
Overall: The tail end of the tasting notes and the finish really cripple it. I like that it is cask strength and sort of unique but the taste just can’t hold up.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect
—-| This Review: -0.387