Auchentoshan Valinch 2012, 57.2%

Price: $60 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This is the second edition of Auchentoshan's cask strength Valinch bottling, which carries no age statement and has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks. As with the previous Valinch expression, only 2,000 cases have been released globally. Very fragrant on the nose, with pears, applesauce, and vanilla fudge. Spice, cream, and lively Jaffa oranges on the palate. A touch of (not unpleasant) new make spirit comes through in the relatively lengthy finish.