Auchentoshan Distillery Notes

A82, Great Western Road by Erskine Bridge, G81 4SJ Scotland
Tel: +44 0 1389 878 561
Region: Lowland


Auchentoshan 3 Wood: Solid, flavorful, good value (see tasting notes below).


Auchentoshan, meaning “corner of the field” in Gaelic, is one of three remaining active lowland malt whisky distilleries, alongside Glenkinchie and the recently revived Bladnoch. Established in 1823, it lies to the North-West of Glasgow on the outskirts of Clydebank in Dumbartonshire.

Most Scotch whiskies are distilled twice, but Auchentoshan uses a triple distillation process more familiar in Irish whiskies, and nearly unknown in Scotland (Springbank’s Hazelburn Campbeltown brand is another exception). The maturation takes place in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts.

Triple distillation, and its use of unpeated malt, gives Auchentoshan a more “delicate” flavor than many Scotches, though it can produce a bland result by single malt standards, as I discovered with the Hazelburn. It is not a universal failing. The Auchentoshan 3 Wood is anything but bland (see tasting notes below).

In June 2008, the company announced a new range of expressions, including Classic and an 18 year old. It also discontinued its 10 year old and replaced it with a 12 year old, and revised its 3 Wood and 21 year old.

Auchentoshan was acquired in 1984 by Morrison Bowmore, and is now controlled by Suntory from Japan.


Auchentoshan Select
Auchentoshan Classic (introduced June 2008)
Auchentoshan 10 year old (discontinued June 2008)
Auchentoshan 12 year old (introduced June 2008)
Auchentoshan 3 wood (K&L $50) (revised June 2008)

Whisky1 Tasting Notes – Sweet caramel flavor and just a little spice. An easy-drinking scotch, but satisfying. Very similar to the Glenlivet 18 (K&L $59.99), which if not the most interesting scotch you can find is definitely one of the best values around.

Auchentoshan 18 year old (introduced June 2008)
Auchentoshan 21 year old (revised June 2008)

~ by whisky1 on August 26, 2008.

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