AUCHENTOSHAN 20 ans 2000 French Connections S.V 59%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / The Lowlands, 70cl, Ref: 58114
Founded in 1823, the Auchentoshan distillery is equipped with three stills, 1 wash still (17,500 litres), 1 intermediate still (8,200 litres) and 1 spirit still (11,500 litres). At the end of the third distillation, the new make spirit leaves the still at 82%. Very different from the Auchentoshan Artist from our 2020 Creation Catalogue, which was also distilled in 2000, this version chosen unanimously by the team at 20 Rue d’Anjou boasts all the mysteries that have built the renown of this single malt. For its aromas, which have numerous great qualities, it draws on steadfast minerality to better highlight the quality and diversity of its fruity and floral registers. Its flavours, which reveal resplendent maturity, continually become more complex and concentrated, as on the finish which visits every last drop of every note found in the tasting.
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- Appearance : deep golden yellow.
- Nose : refined, balanced. The very rich first nose is fruity (pear, Mirabelle plum), medicinal (ointment, band-aid), profoundly malty, honeyed (acacia) and floral (lily, iris). Allowed to breathe, spices (black palette, clove), red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) and vanilla bring lots of fullness and serenity to the aromatic palette. Gradually, this becomes increasingly heady (cornflower, violet, geranium) and mineral (limestone, slate). Magnificent.
- Palate : lively yet creamy. Lively due to its incredibly precise citrus notes (lemon, grapefruit) and creamy due to its vanilla and praline flavours with an exquisitely delicate texture. The very slender mid-palate is spicy (cumin, ginger, nutmeg), lush (alfalfa, clover) and of course intensely malty and fruity (pineapple, pear, quince). Beaming with maturity, the end of the palate takes us through undergrowth (porcini, moss, pine resin).
- Overall : long, superbly well-balanced. Marvellously embodying the Auchentoshan style from the start of the finish, grains of malted barley take on honey (lavender), floral (violet, old rose), mineral (charcoal, ink) and roasted (coffee, mocha) tones. Gradually, remarkably precise flavours of white mint, mimosa and aromatic plants (sage, verbena) transcend the flavour palette. On the retro-nasal olfaction, barley grain, orange blossom and the same white mint adorn the captivating flavours of the very end of the palate. The empty glass is medicinal (arnica), toasted (grilled bread) and vanilla.
- The brand
Auchentoshan produces the most symbolic of the Lowland single malts. The triple distillation (rare in Scotland) and the distillate’s very high alcohol content enable the production of a fine, subtle, soft and elegant single malt that is often marked by herbal and citrus notes. As well as their standard aged products, Auchentoshan also produces a large number of limited editions, aged in wine or bourbon casks, in vintage and cask strength versions. Valinch, a no-age bottling, bottled without reduction, is highly-reputed amongst a large number of connoisseurs.
A model of British industry, Auchentoshan distillery has obtained the Queen’s Award several times. Since 1993, the malt has been traceable to its field and sowing date. Its success has now travelled far beyond Scotland, and has enabled the upholding of a tradition particular to this region. Auchentoshan is the only Scotch single malt to be distilled three times, a practice that dates back to the 19th century. Another remarkable fact is that the middle cut is collected at 82.5%, which is 6% higher than most other Scottish distilleries. Founded in 1817 in Dalmir, the distillery is accessible by train from Glasgow, and receives numerous visitors every year.
Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.
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