The Auchentoshan distillery lies in the west of Scotland in an area known as “the corner of the field”. One of six lowlands distilleries, Auchentoshan was founded in 1800 and uniquely utilizes a triple distillation for their whiskies. Many of them are aged in ex-Bourbon in conjunction with used sherry casks. However, for this new expression they exclusively use North American virgin oak.
Auchentoshan Virgin Oak (92 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Wood and just a hint of smoke. Reminiscent of an Irish style whiskey.
Taste: Light, smooth and with a lot of dry, tannic notes of oak. Lightly sweet with a touch of maple, Demerara, and caramel. A few drops of water bring out a more rounded quality and less wood.
Finish: Fairly long with a slightly bitter edge that lets you know you’re drinking Scotch and not Irish whiskey.
Overall: Yes, it’s a higher proof, but with a bit of branch water, it opens up into a better whisky which makes for a fine winter warmer and reflective sipper.
GSN Rating: B+
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