Oban 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (Diageo Special Releases 2021)
Auburn 12 Years 2021 Limited Single Malt Whisky
Alcohol concentration: 56.2%%
While it's popular in the U.S., we don't see many ouburns other than the regular 14 year old and still versions. It does occasionally appear in special editions, but other than that, there are few new expressions, not least because it almost never comes in standalone bottling – Diageo takes great care to protect their stock.
I originally included this in a later tasting lineup, but upon re-reading the casks used, I realized that "freshly charred American oak" doesn't mean new casks, but rejuvenated Cask - The inner layers of old casks have been stripped and recharred to give them new life. They didn't have the charm of the original oak, I moved it back a bit hoping to get something that showed more of the Auburn character than the new casks.
Nose: Butterscotch, brown leaves, orange peel and syrupy notes begin. Butter toffee and stewed apples are followed by fragrant. Butter flavors are in the center, while balanced citrus pith and peel, and black pepper around the edges.
Taste: A straight hit of sweet orange and lemon curd toffee all soggy. Salt and pepper flavours come together with sharp apples and buttered fruit bread. Spices - tingling of black pepper and cinnamon. Fruity jelly - apples and pears - with a little lime, a little barrel caramel and a little salted caramel.
Finish: The lingering aftertaste of buttery toffee and salted caramel fades away to reveal candied lemon.