Whisky Focus - Auchentoshan 1975 38 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive

Auchentoshan 1975 38 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive

20th December 2013
Auchentoshan unveils a rare 1975 expression which is exclusive to travel retail.

Auchentoshan, Scotlandís only triple distilled Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has released another whisky in their superb series of vintage releases from the 1970's. This latest release is a rare limited edition 1975 vintage expression which will be available exclusively in travel retail. Distilled on Wednesday 7th May 1975 and bottled on 29th May 2013, there are only 500 bottles in existence and only the lucky few will be able to savour this rare, 45.6% ABV cask strength non-chill filtered Single Malt, which has been aged in north American bourbon casks for over 38 years.

Some of you may already be familiar with the Auchentoshan 1975 vintage expression which was released in the domestic market back in 2011. Following on from the success of the first batch of Auchentoshan 1975 this second release of the 1975 vintage has been matured for an additional couple of years giving it its particularly fresh, dewy fruity qualities. This 2nd batch of Bourbon cask matured Auchentoshan 1975 becomes part of a series of very highly rated vintage releases from the late 1970s which includes the1977 and 1979 Sherry matured and the 1974 and 1978 Bourbon matured.

Presented in a premium slate grey double fronted box, both the carton and the bottle deliberately retain a subtlety and understated luxury best reserved for higher aged vintage releases. The date of distillation and bottling is written on each of the bottles.

Auchentoshan triple distils every drop meaning the spirit produced reaches 81.5% ABV, significantly higher than most distilleries in Scotland. The lightness of the liquid enables it to absorb every characteristic it is exposed to in the cask. It is this smooth distillate paired with the carefully selected oak casks that gives Auchentoshan an unmistakably light and fruity flavour.

Auchentoshan Master Blender Rachel Barrie says "Having spent an additional year maturing in the highest quality North American bourbon casks, the 2013 bottling of Auchentoshan 1975 allows the drinker to experience the complexity and ripe, developed fruit flavours associated with a whisky of this vintage."

There will be 500 bottles of the Auchentoshan 1975 available globally in a range of international airports priced at £500+ with a cask strength ABV of 45.6%.

Auchentoshan 1975 38 Year Old Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A balance of vanilla icing sugar sweetness, honey and some zesty fruit.

Taste: A fruity balance of orange, apple and pineapple were no one fruit dominates, all coated in a touch of liquorice. Lovely layers of vanilla fudge, honey and light sweet oak spice.

Finish: Grapefruit, slowly drying mildly sweet vanilla oak spice.

Comment: A lovely balanced dram of vanilla, honey, ripe fruit and oak spice where no single element dominates. Auchentoshan really does age well. One to look out for on your travels.

SMW Score 90/100

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