I just read that Adam @ LAWS had recently retasted the Auchentoshan 18 (June 2012) and revised his rating from an A- (2008/09) to a B- —a very significant downgrade from a connisseur whose original rating led me to purchase a bottle in September of 2012. This begs the questions: do I own one of the good bottles? Did he taste from a bad batch?
As this whisky runs about $110 wherever you go, I’d lend the following caution to anyone considering adding the Auchie 18 to their collection: taste it at a bar first. We may be seeing a dip in quality of the 18yr offering. This new data point sure has me considering whether the 18yr still deserves a permanent spot in my cabinet.