Auchentoshan American Oak (NAS)

A simple, golden lowland single malt whisky, modestly fruity (citrus tones come through), with a nice layer of spice on the tongue and an unmistakeable vanilla accent both on the tongue and the nose of a whisky aged in [what I assume are first fill] bourbon barrels. A smooth, balanced whisky which opens up and smooths out nicely with just a few drops of water. The flavors linger gently on the palate. Poetic and flowery comments would be poppycock for this is simply a very nice, easy drinking and enjoyably tasty whisky. This expression of Auchentoshen is NAS and retails in the mid $40s.