Matured in used bourbon casks, this limited edition scotch was rated one of the Top 5 Single Malt Scotches.
Situated at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills in Western Scotland, Auchentoshan (pronounced Aw-khen-tosh-an) Distillery was founded in 1800 and is one of the last remaining Lowland Single Malt Whisky distilleries. The distillery is nicknamed "Glasgow's Distillery"due to its proximity to Scotland's largest city, and its whisky is nicknamed "breakfast whisky"due to its sweet flavor and elegant texture. During World War II, the distillery was bombed relentlessly by Germany, and much of the whisky that was being matured in its rickhouses was lost to fire or spilled into the Clyde River, which is situated adjacent to the distillery. Following the end of the war, the distillery was rebuilt and today, it remains a testament to Scottish perseverance and innovation.
Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted, optic barley that is gently kilned and completely unpeated. Once the barley has been malted, it is milled and mashed before being fermented in wooden washbacks made from Oregon Pine. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they retain a portion of the heat produced during fermentation, and ultimately produce a lighter and slightly sweeter whisky.
Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled through Auchentoshan's copper pot stills. While Scotch whisky is traditionally distilled twice, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch is distilled three times: first through a wash still, then through an intermediate still, and finally, through a spirit still. This extra distillation step — no other major Scotch distillery uses an intermediate still — produces a purer and more refined spirit that dramatically affects the character of the whisky produced.
Auchentoshan Valinch Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (2012) takes its name from the device used to draw whisky directly from the cask. The whisky is aged in American oak barrels that were previously used to mature bourbon, and is bottled at cask strength without the use of chill-filtration. The whisky has an aroma of crème brÃ»lée, peaches and coconut, which lead to notes of vanilla, honey and orange zest on the palate. The finish is slightly sweet and lingering, with touches of caramel and cinnamon spice.
Auchentoshan Valinch earned a score of 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, which rated it one of the Top 5 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
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114 (57% ABV)
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Aroma of creme brulee, peaches and coconut. Notes of vanilla, honey and orange zest on the palate. Finish is slightly sweet and lingering, with touches of caramel and cinnamon spice.