Yesterday we delved into the history of Auchentoshan. Read up on the distillery’s distinguished history here. In 1934 the distillery staff celebrated the launch of the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth ocean liners. Auchentoshan was the toasting dram of the evening.An additional tidbit about Auchentoshan distillery is that they once lost more than one million liters of whisky due to bombing of the Clydebank area during World War II. Remarkably the distillery property survived, but to this day a bomb crater from that event remains and serves as a pond for their cooling water.
Auchentoshan Three Wood is a unique whisky that is matured in three different casks: American Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso Sherry and Pedro Ximenz Sherry. It’s one of the core expressions of the brand and is priced in-between the 12 year old and 18 year old. There is no age statement on this label but reportedly it is a 12 year old whisky that spent 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, then was transferred to Oloroso Sherry casks for a year and finished in the Pedro Ximenz Sherry cask for an additional year. It’s bottled at 43% ABV and like all of Auchentoshan’s whisky it has endured triple distillation.
Nose: nutmeg, orange citrus, toffee candy, coffee beans, raisins
Mouth: smooth and supple, orange citrus, butterscotch, syrup
Finish: slightly smoky, peppery, honey sweetness, waxy coating
Verdict: Unlike the Virgin Oak which is cutting edge, Triple Wood is a pleasant dram that exudes a classic scotch whisky flavor. On the nose there is toffee candy, coffee beans, nutmeg, orange citrus and raisins. The toffee scent is quite prominent and unmistakable. As with most Auchentoshan whisky the palate is soft and supple. The flavors of butterscotch and syrup are evident on the forefront with citrus hidden in the background. The finish is slightly smoky and peppery. There is a lingering honey sweetness and waxy coating leftover after swallowing. I enjoyed this whisky slightly more than the Virgin Oak because of it’s classic flavors and easy drinkability.