Auchentoshan

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This is a Classic Lowland distillery, not only in its location but also in it’s adherence to triple distillation.

Light-bodied whiskies result, Light in flavour too, but by no means bland. If you fancy single malts, but do not care for intensity, Auchentoshan offers the perfect answer : subtlety. 1825 is the “official” foundation date but the distillery was rebuilt after the WW2, re-equipped in 1974, and further overhauled ten years later, when it was acquired by Stanley P.Morrison.

Malting : 

Auchentoshan’s clean, complex character starts with malted optic barley. Only gently kilned, completely unpeated barley lets the Auchentoshan taste shine through.

Milling : 

We grind the barley to suit our lauter tun. It’s vital we have evenly milled starch grits – this maximises the amount of starch that converts into sugars during mashing. All this effort means a fresh-tasting, clear wort from the lauter tun.

Mashing : 

We feed the milled, malted barley – and pure water – into our lauter tun, first of all at 63.5°C. The heat helps turn the starches into sugar. After two fillings we are ready for fermentation – the third filling is used as the first water in the next mash.

Fermentation : 

Many distilleries prefer the consistency that comes with stainless steel washbacks. We use Oregon pine instead – so the results are always a little different each time. This also means that our mash men need to keep an especially keen eye on everything.

Triple Distillation :

Distillation takes our fermented liquid from around 8% ABV (alcohol by volume) up to 81%. No other Scottish distillery insists on this for every drop – double distillation usually reaches just 70% ABV.

Maturation : 

Our oak casks have a huge influence on flavour – so we spend a lot of time and money selecting them. We use casks that held bourbon, sherry or fine wines – each lending its own unique flavour.

Their range of products :

Classic Edition (Full Range)

  • Auchentoshan Classic : NoseVery sweet, with vanilla, coconut peaches and Madeira.Palate: Granny Smith apples, malt, and creamy vanilla.Finish: Fresh and floral, with ripes peaches.
  • Auchentoshan 12 YO : NoseFloral and fruity, with mashed banana and nutty malt. Palate: Malt, caramel, oranges, a hint of sherry.Finish: Medium in length and malty.
  • Auchentoshan Three Wood : Nose : blackcurrant, brown sugar, orange, plum and raisin. Palate : Fruit and syrup. Hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon. A butterscotch sweetness adds to the overall complexity. Finish : Fresh and fruity, with long lasting oaky sweetness.
  • Auchentoshan 18 YO : Nose Fresh tobacco leaf – then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds. Palate : A floral freshness with sweet barley sugar at first – this gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness. The palate is left alive and refreshed. Finish : A long, lingering and well balanced dram that invigorates the mouth.
  • Auchentoshan 21 YO : NoseOrange Zest, date boxes, cedar, oil. PalateOily, citrusy, orange peel. Lighly spicy. Lots of flavour development. More oak character than previous entry. Fresh, with no obtrusive woodiness. Finish: Cedar, vanilla, beautifully rounded, and aromatic.

Limited Edition (Examples) 

  • Auchentoshan Valinch : Nose: Very sweet, with vanilla, coconut creme brulee. Palate:  Sweet and creamy, then invigorating full bodied orange zest. Finish:  Sweet, crisps and lingering.
  • Auchentoshan Bordeaux Cask Matured : Autumn sunset to the eye, the aroma is citric sharp balanced by lingering creamy sweetness. On the tongue there’s vanilla with layered fruit and wood spices – then a long, lingering finish.
  • Auchentoshan 1974 : Nose : Rich, baked and concentrated in flavour. An initial impression of sticky toffee pudding, piquant Kenyan coffee and chocolate with Jamaican gingerbread and treacle sponge pudding. Water brings out baked plum and blackberry flan with almonds on top. Palate : Rich and concentrated with thick plum, cherry and blackberry compote, served with warming chilli chocolate.  Treacle toffee and ginger are deep and lingering. Finish : Treacle toffee, warm ginger and plum skins.
  • Auchentoshan 1975 : Nose Butterscotch with a hint of rum and raisin toffee. Palate :  Hints of wood spice, cutting through the sweetness. Finish : A gentle, lingering maltness.
  • Auchentoshan 1979 : Nose : A cornucopia of rich dark fruits with Victoria plums, blackberries and raisins, balanced by cinnamon spiced fruitcake. Palate : Experience bramble jam, dark chocolate, spiced fruit chutney and Madeira cake. Finish : Spicy nutmeg, tobacco and pepper linger into the finish.
  • Auchentoshan 1998 : Nose : Butterscotch, honey, preserved orange peel and toasted almonds.Palate : Oozing sweet and creamy aromas at first, which give way to the signature citrus characteristic of Auchentoshan. Finish : Just a hint of green apple and blossom.
  • Auchentoshan 1988 : Nose : Ripe summer fruits. Palate : Fresh eucalyptus, mixed berries and a wonderful sweet nuttiness. Finish : The velvet smooth finish is long and deeply rewarding.
  • Auchentoshan 50NoseOrange Zest, date boxes, cedar, oil. Palate: Oily, citrusy, orange peel. Lighly spicy. Lots of flavour development. More oak character than previous entry. Fresh, with no obtrusive woodiness. Finish: Cedar, vanilla, beautifully rounded, and aromatic.

LEARN MORE : Read our reviews on Auchentoshan in our website, visit their website for full info : http://www.auchentoshan.com/ or refer to the Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion 

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