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
Bottler: SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)
ABV: 59.6% ABV
Age: 14 Years
Maturation: 2nd Fill Ex-Sherry Butt
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.
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