GSN Review: Auchentoshan American Oak

central-hero-images-core-range-aoAuchentoshan continues their unique line of triple-distilled whiskies with their latest which is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels.  You can also read my previous reviews of Auchentoshan Classic, 12-year-old, and Three Wood, as well as Auchentoshan Virgin Oak.

Auchentoshan American Oak (80 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Rich, deep, dark and malt-laden.  Hearty and with a fresh popped sweet corn nose.
Taste: Creamy, enveloping, and smooth.  Luscious notes of caramel, vanilla and out-of-the-oven baked biscuits draws you in.  This is the equivalent to the shortcake that goes with summertime strawberries.
Finish: Medium long with a lot of sweetness and vibrancy.  There is an electric excitement in this whisky which transcends mere words.
Overall: This is a spirit to convert non-Scotch lovers to the wonderful world of Scotch.  If you are already a Scotchophile, this is one to keep within hand’s reach when arriving home after a bitterly cold winter’s day.
GSN Rating: A+

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GSN Backbar Review: October 6-10, 2014

indexCanadian Club has released an all-rye grain whisky called Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, according to Whisky Advocate. The whisky is aged for seven years at Alberta Distillers, Beam Suntory’s western Canada distillery at Calgary, and then shipped to Walkerville, Ontario, for bottling at 40% abv. The product is priced about $1.50 higher than Canadian Club Premium at retail. Just 70,000 cases will be made available annually, and only in Canada—which may lead to some cross-border shopping.

Slide13Spirits marketer and distributor Taliera Inc. has launched the super-premium Sugar Skull rum range in the U.S. Made with sugar cane molasses sourced from throughout the Caribbean and South America, Sugar Skull is produced by Caribbean partner distilleries before being brought to the U.S. for filtering, blending and natural flavoring. The brand makes its debut with five entries, including Sugar Skull Tribal Original, Mystic Vanilla, Native Coconut, Madagascar Wild Berry and Hellfire Cinnamon labels. The line-up is priced at around $27.99 a 750-ml.

indexBeam Suntory is introducing a new expression of its Auchentoshan single malt Scotch whisky to the U.S. market ahead of the fall and holiday seasons as a permanent addition to the core Auchentoshan portfolio. Matured exclusively in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, Auchentoshan American Oak features flavors of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, the company says. The 40%-abv entry retails for about $39.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is meant to serve as a gateway Scotch whisky for Bourbon drinkers.

indexDiageo’s Baileys liqueur has extended its lineup with the launch of Baileys Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream. Featuring a blend of chocolate and cherry flavors, the female-focused entry is targeted primarily toward the shot occasion. Baileys Chocolate Cherry is currently available nationwide, priced at around $21 a 750-ml.

indexCIL U.S. Wines & Spirits has been named the U.S. importer of Glencadam single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in the county of Angus in the Highlands region of Scotland, Glencadam’s offerings include 10-year-old ($55), 15-year-old ($85) and 21-year-old ($199) Scotches, all of which are non-chill-filtered and 46% abv. In October, CIL will introduce Glencadam to Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. New York, Texas and Georgia are slated to come online next year.

indexAveníu Brands is launching Zodiac premium craft potato vodka to the Texas market this month through Glazer’s, with expansion to additional states planned for early next year. The Rigby, Idaho-distilled vodka (40% abv) can be found in retail locations throughout Austin, Dallas and Houston and will soon be joined by the brand’s Black Cherry offering.

indexBowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has added to its Bird Dog brand of whiskies with a new Peppermint Moonshine. Infused with peppermint flavors, the 80-proof Peppermint Moonshine ($19.99 a 750 ml.) is available in 750-ml., 375-ml. and 50-ml. formats. The Bird Dog line also includes Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Blackberry, Peach, Maple and Hot Cinnamon flavored whiskies, offered in 1.75-liter, 750-ml., 375-ml., 200-ml., 100-ml. and 50-ml. bottles.

indexBrown-Forman portfoliomates Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Sonoma-Cutrer wine have partnered to release a new limited edition whiskey blend. Rolling out into select U.S. markets this month, the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created by finishing a batch of original Woodford Reserve whiskey in a used Pinot Noir barrel from Sonoma-Cutrer. As a result, the entry is not officially categorized as a Bourbon, which, according to industry standards, must be aged in new, charred oak barrels. Priced at $99.99, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish whiskey marks the latest expression in Woodford Reserve’s experimental Master’s Collection, following previous releases such as Double Malt Selection and Four Wood Selection.

indexBrown-Forman has unveiled the latest addition to Tequila Herradura’s small-batch limited edition series—Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. The third offering in the collection was created by master distiller Maria Teresa Lara through a double maturation process and rested in American oak and single malt Scotch casks. The end result is a Tequila with taste of vanilla, butter, honey, caramel and soft spices, according to the company. The Scotch Cask Finish Reposado will be available nationwide beginning this month at a suggested retail price of $89.99.

indexGarrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. to bring its flagship Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey into the Kentucky market. Previously available only across Texas, Colorado and New York, Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon will make its Kentucky debut with a limited allocation (1,200 bottles) of the label’s fall 2013 and spring 2014 vintages, available both on- and off-premise. The whiskey’s fall 2014 vintage is slated to follow later this year. Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey retails at between $85-$95 a bottle.

indexBoston-based Bully Boy Distillers is launching a bottled rum punch called the Hub Punch, an homage to an original recipe dating back to the late 1800s in Boston. To create Hub Punch, Bully Boy steeps its own Boston Rum with orange and lemon peel and raspberry, and then infuses the liquid with botanicals and herbs. It’s bottled at 35% abv and is best served on the rocks, neat or mixed with soda water, ginger ale or lemonade. The suggested retail price is $29 a 750-ml. and the release date isOctober 22. Bully Boy will be made in limited-run batches on the company’s 750-gallon copper pot still, with distribution limited to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily