The true meaning of ageing like fine wine
It’s a rather inconvenient twist of fate for some of us, that mixing alcohol tend to result in a pounding headache instead of a knack for dancing to pounding music. But what if the choice never has to be made between wine and whisky?
Auchentoshan’s latest limited release, the Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc, is a single malt that marries the flavour compounds of white wine with Scotch whisky for a drinking experience that provides the best of both worlds.
Unlike most Scotch whiskies, which are put through two rounds of distillation, Auchentoshan has a unique tradition of triple distillation. The brand claims that the extra step imbues the whisky with more aroma and flavour, and is the key to achieving the unmatched smoothness that is now synonymous with the brand.
The Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc started out ageing in bourbon casks, but was finished in Sauvignon Blanc Barrique casks. The result is a dram with the zing and fruitiness commonly associated with white wine.
On the palate, the whisky exudes the subtle citrus notes of white grapefruit, tempered by the sweetness of white peaches and green apple. This is accompanied by a perfume of eglantine, honeysuckle, Scotch broom and jasmine. On the nose, it’s slightly peppery, with the fruity and sweet notes of green apples, light acacia honey, lemon curd, vanilla, lychees and honeydew, but also notes of hay. The finish is hot and peppery with lingering notes of custard apple and a salty mouthfeel.
Further blurring the line between wine and whisky, the Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be served chilled. Find it at The Whisky Distillery for S$218.