Review #822 – Scotch Malt Whisky Society 5.48 Auchentoshan 14yr “Stave New World”

Review #822 | /r/Scotch Review #277 – Scotch Malt Whisky Society 5.48 Auchentoshan 14yr “Stave New World”

The Schtick: “This Auchentoshan single cask release from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been aged for 14 years in a 2nd fill ex-sherry butt. SMWS 5.48 ‘Stave New World’, distilled in 2000 is one of only 246 bottles filled for this cask strength release.” – Abbey Whisky Site


Distiller: Auchentoshan

Bottler: SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

ABV: 59.6% ABV

Age: 14 Years

Distilled: 2000

Bottled: 2014

Maturation: 2nd Fill Ex-Sherry Butt

Source: Sample

Nose: Apple butter, vanilla cream, honey, gingerbread. Super rich.

Taste: Thick, rich. Very mild heat. Melon, cantaloupe, vanilla cream, honey, mild pepper – all sweet. Some toffee, some raspberry, apples and pears.

Finish: Long, growing heat here but not punishing. Some astringency, pepper, plastic, clove, faint fruitiness. Rich cream.

Overall: Very apparent transition from the palate to the finish, and not in a way that I think I really like. That said, this is generally very nice, and the finish is what keeps it from climbing higher. The nose was sublime, though, and quite delicious.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.