Rudyard Kipling’s description of “the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River” is thought to be inspired by the avocado. If he had tried the Auchentoshan 12, to what might he have appealed to describe it? A paste of chestnut meat spread on banana leaves with a few drops of lime juice, then wrapped tightly with jute twine, and finally set on the sputtering engine block of a shop-class Plymouth Reliant. The resulting flavors—nutty, vegetal, oily—mix together with understated grace. There is much to enjoy here, especially if you have the lowered expectations of a group of shop class students taking furtive swigs behind a stack of tires.
The Auchentoshan 12 is Dirimens Copulatio: it is comfortable and inoffensive, with the safety enjoyed by those who sit on fences.