Lemon Sorbet (Auchentoshan 1998) [Wemyss]

Lemon Sorbet (Auchentoshan 1998) [Wemyss]

Wemyss have released a cracking set of Single Cask Malts just in time for the summer and the Olympics – it is like they knew the good weather was just around the corner!  This is the first of several of the whiskies that we will review and it comes from a distillery I visited on the way up to Islay earlier in the year – an Auchentoshan 14 year old.

This 14 year old is delightfully unusual, and in my view not typical of the distillery type but it is definitely worth exploring and sharing with friends.  Wemyss have hit the nail on the head with the naming of this whisky – Lemon Sorbet.  Never have I tasted a whisky that is so citrus in flavour – it is almost like Scotland’s answer to Limoncello but more rounded and subtle, and a lot more refreshing!

In the glass it is reminiscent of the morning sun on a day such as today – bright, shining and warming.  The initial nosing provides unsalted butter, the candied lemon sweets that you eat at christmas time and a faint whiff of almost damp smoke.  You are then taken straight to the Mediterranean with bags of lemons and more particularly lemon pith and the lemon skin oils which then combine to build up a sweet lemon cake with fresh lemon and vanilla frosted icing.  The taste is sweet and very zesty.  It is surpisringly thirst quenching – a great palate cleanser that you find in Michelin starred restaurants.  Bizarrely we also found traces of pencil rubber too.  The finish provided us with our final lemon burst – it was full of lemon sherbet, almost tongue tinglingly fresh before being taken over by some subtle vanilla mixed with some malted milk biscuits.

Wemyss have bottled a cracking whisky here; we’d recommend that you take advantage of the good weather, grab a bottle and enjoy!  It would be lovely poured over ice cream, used as a base for lemon sorbet or simply as it was meant to be drunk – neat, in the garden under the sun.  It is a lovely summers evening whisky.

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