Alcohol concentration: 56.2%%
While it's popular in the US, we don't see many Auburns other than the regular 14-year-old and still editions. It occasionally appears in special editions, but otherwise there are very few new expressions, not least because it is almost never bottled in its own right - Diageo guards their stock very carefully.
I originally included this later in the tasting lineup, but upon rereading the casks used, I realized that "fresh charred American oak" doesn't mean new but rejuvenated Casks - The inner layers of old casks have been stripped and recharred to give them new life. They don't have the charm of the original oak, and I moved it back a bit in hopes of getting something more Auburn than new.
Nose: Butterscotch, brown leaves, orange peel and treacle on the nose. Buttery toffee and stewed apples are followed by savory. Buttery notes in the center, while balanced citrus pith and zest, and black pepper around the edges.
Taste: An immediate hit of sweet orange and toffee with lemon curd are drenched. Salt and pepper flavors sit with sharp apples and buttered fruit bread. Spice notes - a tingle of black pepper and cinnamon. Fruity jellies - apple and pear - with a dash of lime, a dash of barrel caramel and a dash of salted caramel.
Finish: A lingering aftertaste of buttery toffee and salted caramel fades to reveal candied lemon.