Sunday, 6 July 2014

Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12

Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12

The Single Minded series from independent bottler Douglas Laing is a collection of small batch single malts. All bottled at 41.5% ABV and relatively young.

Up till now a 7-year-old Dailuaine, a 10-year-old Tamdhu and a 12-year-old Braeval have been bottled. And of course this 12-year-old Auchentoshan, triple distilled and famous for its gentle style.

Identity Card Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12

  • Independent bottling from Auchentoshan Distillery (Lowlands)
  • Bottled by Douglas Laing
  • 12 years-old single malt Scotch whisky (April 2001 – August 2013)
  • Small batch of 3 refill bourbon hogsheads
  • Alcohol: 41.5% ABV

Leaving the nest early

Tasting Notes

Colour: One of the palest whiskies I tasted this year (except for last week’s MacArthur’s Head Lighthouse from MoS). Very pale in colour. Definitely refill bourbon casks.

Nose: The nose is very clean and fresh. Biscuits and lemon confit. Creamy lemon cake or Key lime pie. A sweet hint of honey. A PiƱa Colada with lemon juice instead of pineapple juice.

Taste: The grains dominate the palate. Oat biscuits with flakes of milk chocolate and fruit.

Finish: The finish is fairly short and dry. Fruitcake. As I said, short…

Conclusion

This Auchentoshan leaves me behind with mixed feelings. Very fresh, a little sour and sweet. Tasty but lacks some punch. I’m blaming the low ABV for it. A pleasant appetizer. Or maybe, my sample was not big enough… I’m not excluding that option too.

The Single Minded series are the expertise field of specialist liquor stores. Around € 50 for a bottle.
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