Review: Auchentoshan Three Wood
Auchentoshan distillery is located at the foot of the Kilpatrick hills on the outskirts of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. It is one of six distilleries to be found in the Scottish Lowlands. It was built in 1800 and changed hands multiple times before being bought by Eadie Cairns in 1969, who completely rebuilt the distillery. In 1984 he sold the distillery to Morrison Bowmore.
Unlike many Scottish distilleries, Auchentoshan practices triple distillation, allowing the spirit to distil for a third time rather than twice; giving its whisky a more delicate and sweet flavour than most Scottish distilleries and Auchentoshan Three Wood is no exception.
Auchentoshan Three Wood gets its name from the triple cask maturation it undertakes during its creation. It starts its maturation journey in American bourbon casks, before migrating to Spanish Oloroso sherry and finally settling within Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. It is these final two sherry casks that give this whisky its bold rich appearance and sweet flavour.
On The Nose:
Dark fruits coated in brown sugar, warm, comforting and rich.
On The Palate:
Those dark fruits burst with flavour, joined with more festive tastes – nuts, cinnamon and citrus zest; still the whole experience remains sweet and luxurious.
Long and lingering oaky and sweet.
Auchentoshan Three Wood is a lovely dram, perfect for those colder nights when all you want is to be out of the cold and warm by the fire. Having been matured in three separate casks, two of which were ex-sherry, there is plenty of rich flavour to be discovered here, and one sitting is certainly not enough to explore all. This is a very distinctive whisky and one that I am sure will make itself at home within your collection.