Review No.101. Auchentoshan American Oak

I have already reviewed the Auchentoshan 12 year old and found it to be an average easy drinking single malt.  This American Oak is their entry level non age statement bottle and you can pick this up quite cheaply (approx. £20 on offer) at most supermarkets across the UK.  Auchentoshan is known for it’s triple distillation process which means that their spirit is condensed 3 times in stead of the 2 or 2.5 as traditionally done across most distilleries in Scotland.  In terms of flavour this means that you will get a lighter and crisper spirit with a floral character.  However, this process also causes some flavours to be lost because other chemicals are lost during the process.  I have found that whiskies with the light floral characteristic often get overlooked by fans of whisky because this profile can seem a bit too simple or dare I say bland.  I have heard good things about older whiskies in the Auchenstoshan range making me think that their spirit is an ideal base for cask experimentation.


Whisky: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, raisins

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, vegetal bitterness

Finish: Short, vanilla, white chocolate

Score: 2.25

Summary: This is not a demanding malt but I can appreciate how it can be good gateway into single malts when bearing the price in mind too.  This was dominated by vanilla and the other flavours were lingering in the background.  There was some bitterness to this which was tempered by a tiny drop of water.  I rated the 12 year old with a score of 2 and this a 2.25.  That is because I expected more from the 12 year old for the price it was being sold at.  This score slightly higher because of the price point and I believe there is always space for a light and delicate single malt on everyone’s shelf.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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