One of only a few distilleries in the Lowlands of Scotland, Auchentoshan Distillery is located in Clydebank. The brand is affectionately known as “Glasgow’s Malt Whisky” because of it’s close proximity to Glasgow. It has also been called “the breakfast whisky” due to it’s sweet and approachable character.
Auchentoshan was built in 1800 and changed hands a few times over the years. It is now owned by Beam Suntory Inc. They are unique from most single malt distilleries in that they have a third, or intermediate, still and all spirit made goes through a triple distillation. Where most distilleries will distill twice to approx. 65-70% ABV, they end up with a spirit closer to 81% ABV. This gives the spirit a more delicate and sweet character.
Auchentoshan 12-year-old is triple distilled and then matured is a combonation of ex-bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. It is bottled at 40% ABV, chill filtered and colour is added. Here’s my take!
Nose: Toasted vanilla cream, honey, chalkboard shammy, citrus, nuts.
Palate: Butterscotch, orange, lime, ginger, subtle pipe tobacco smoke.
Finish: More ginger and nuts. Sweet but then drying.
I think this is a great, affordable dram that anyone can start their whisky journey on! Slainte!