Auchentoshan has been recently very active in Travel Retail segment.
Travellers can choose from number of expressions, some of them limited editions. Blood Oak was introduced in 2015; it is a vatting of Auchentoshans aged in ex-bourbon and ex-red wine casks, the latter giving whisky a crimson gold color, an obvious inspiration behind its name. Auchentoshan Blood Oak is bottled at 46% abv and without chill-filtration.
Nose: fruity and floral with delicate winey notes, rose petals, raspberry jam, tangerines, vanilla, marzipan, sweet pastries and hints of oak.
Palate: smooth, mixed berries marmalade, blood oranges, honey, vanilla, candied ginger, dash of pepper and nutmeg and oaky dryness in the background.
Finish: pretty long and spicy, with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla.