Auchentoshan is the other well known lowland distillery alongside Glenkinchie. They are known for triple distilling their spirit, a tradition more associated with Irish whiskies. As a result this distillery is characterised as producing light and easy drinking single malts. I have heard some describe it as an Irish distillery in Scotland. The Auchentoshan 12 is the second bottle in their range, the entry level bottle is named American Oak.
Whisky: Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Single Malt, 40%
Nose: Vanilla, custard, toffee, cinnamon, butterscotch, malt
Taste: Toffee, bitter grapes, leather and oak, vanilla
Finish: Very short, mild caramel
Summary: I don’t want to be too harsh on this because I can appreciate it can work well in cocktails as well as being a great starter malt for beginners. At about £35 it is not too badly priced for a 12 year old single malt in the current market but at the same time I could name quite a few 12 year old single malts at a similar price that I would go for instead. This is just a pleasant easy drinking malt, the bourbon influence shows and I enjoyed the nose more than the taste on this one.
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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