Auchentoshan 1981 Cadenhead's
Added on Sunday, Oct 5, 2008 at 08:38 PM
  Bottler: Cadenhead's
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1981 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 64.90 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $115 Availability: Specialty Stores
Distilled March 1981  Bottled September 1996
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 

Not much going on in the nose -- a little astringent, some vanilla.  So the palate is a pleasant surprise -- there's that sort of lowland-bourbon-casked-spice with quite a bit of sweetness.  At this very high ABV I can still drink it neat and enjoy it -- it's an assault in a good way.  Water brings out some grassy flavors as well.  This whisky seems to fit neatly along with some other notable spicy-high-strength Lowlanders I've tasted (Linlithgow 1982 Duncan Taylor pops to mind).  I do really enjoy this one quite a bit, both without water (for the kick-in-the-face of flavor... but it is admittedly anesthetizing) and with it (for a gentler experience).

 
Chris
 
N: Nose is initially faint, but then some camphor and lemon.
P: Hits the tongue oily but then evaporates fast, a nice tactile combo.  Lemon, sugar, and pepper.
F:  Long.
This is all mouth-feel to me, the flavor is light but the experience is great.  Maybe I'm just a high abv junkie, but this very drinkable at the abv. 
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