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02 Jun 2009

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Auchentoshan

Auchentoshan is a lowland malt and currently the only triple distilled whisky in Scotland (well, apart from Hazelburn and other ‘experiments’ outside of the regular ranges). They’ve had some extra publicity lately due to their new brand identity. The design of the bottles improved greatly, and the range of expressions was revised: the 10 year old was renamed ‘Classic’ and an 18 year old was added to the line.

The Three Wood is matured in different casks: at least ten years in bourbon wood, one year in oloroso and six months in the sirupy Pedro Ximénez.

 

Auchentoshan Three Wood Auchentoshan Three Wood 
(43%, OB 2008)

Nose: it’s possible to distinguish the different casks. There is clear sherry influence with notes of raisins, plums, dates and oranges. Bourbon associations as well. Some vanilla, apricot, apple and cinnamon. Toffee. Tobacco. In a way, it’s interesting to have the different influences, but on the other hand, it doesn’t work together as a whole. Too much oak to be refined. Mouth: sweet, lots of toffee and chocolate. Caramel and nuts. Quite “dark” with some burnt sugar and even some rubber (although it’s not unpleasant). Liquorice as well. The finish shows some bourbon-type flavours: cedar and pine wood, mint and spices. With water: lemon grass. Quite dry.

Sometimes I don’t mind unbalanced whiskies, because they dare to be different and tend to have a unique character. But this is a bit too rough and completely overpowers the Lowland character. Around € 45.

Score: 76/100.

Auchentoshan Three Wood 2 Ruben Luyten 2009-06-02
  • http://www.onversneden.com Johan

    Nope, this whisky couldn’t convince me either…

  • mars

    One of the best whisky in his categorie for me.
    You are a little bit harsh with 76. I give him 5 points more at least.
    The nose is really great, it’s easy to frink and the finale is long. But I agree with you with the fact it’s unbalanced.

    MARS

  • http://littletipple.com Ben Matthews

    As has already been said, it is unbalanced, but I really like the finish to this, especially the PX flavours coming out of it. I think I’m also biased since it’s what’s currently in my glass…

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