Wednesday 9 November 2016

Auchentoshan Reviews: American Oak, 12yo & Three Wood

Hey guys,

Back again with some more for the archives. Today it’s three Auchentoshans, the only distillery to triple distil… every drop and one of the only Lowland distilleries left. First up, the American Oak, then the 12yo and the 3 wood.

Auchentoshan American Oak 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light/Medium

Nose: Loads of marzipan, marshmallow, ripe juicy mango, underripe banana, toasted oak, honey.
Taste: Toasted oak, honey, toasted marshmallow, some mango, lots of marzipan.
Finish: Short length. Some toasty marzipan.
Notes: A marzipan bomb. Bit of a one note whisky though.

Auchentoshan 12 year old 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light
Nose: Light, roasted nut, almond, toasted oak, toasted malt and a little sherry sweetness. Wood polish, marshmallow, toasted marshmallow, some toffee, barley sugar and mango juice.
Taste: Light sherry sweetness coming through, mango juice and marshmallow with toasted oak and nut, a sour note, woody into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Chewy wood and tannins.
Notes: Pleasant but average.

Auchentoshan Three Wood 43%
Colour: E150a but dark
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Quite intensely fruity. Sticky, dried fruit, raisin, stewed fig, sticky toffee pudding. More pastry coming out with vanilla and strudel.
Taste: Intense fruit and sweetness. Raisin, fig, date, toffee, chewy caramel. Then spices and dark chocolate going into the finish.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Rich spices.
Notes: Using 3 different cask types: Bourbon barrels, and then a finishing in Oloroso Sherry and PX Sherry casks. Although the wood is only the 1 type, not 3: Oak (damned marketing).
Much better than I expected. I kinda regret not getting a bottle when Tesco had it at half price (£23 I think).

Reviews #131-133

Network Average: 74.8
Best Score: 91
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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