The Auchentoshan 24 Years Old Noble Oak: Auchentoshan floral notes meet oaky spiciness.
The Auchentoshan 24 Years Old Noble Oak was originally released for the Travel Retail market but can now be bought easier through online portals. This expression is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 50.3% ABV (cask strength). It is chill filtered and contains artificial colouring. The average price for this bottle is around $270.
On the nose: a very floral and sweet nose. Heather, chocolate, ripe bananas, dates, raisins and some marzipan in the back.
On the palate: the arrival is big and spicy with espresso, honey, aniseed, chocolate mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, prunes, green apples and ginger. Adding a splash of water brings our more honey notes and spices.
Finish: the finish is long, drying and spicy with subtle notes of citrus.
Overall: In sum, this is really good! The typical Auchentoshan floral notes sync wonderfully with the oaky spiciness that's abundant in this expression. A wonderful whisky ... if you can afford it!