Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Whisky Advent Day 9: Auchentoshan Three Wood

Today I will be trying my first Lowland malt in the Auchentoshan Three Wood.

Lowland whiskies are often lighter in style than their Islay and Speyside cousins which is caused by being triple distilled. This offering from Auchentoshan has been made in this fashion, but also has malt that has been stored in three different wood varieties; Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, Olorosso sherry casks and bourbon casks which should make for a very interesting experience...

On the nose there is buckets of orange and lemon mixed with tropical fruit, rum and raisins. On the nose sherry and rum qualities come through strongly and meld together in a really strong and complex whole that is beautiful.

On the palate the first thing to be noticed is the weight of this dram, it is really thick and oily. The beginning is sweet with raisins and dried fruit, the sherry is present with caramel and dark sugar. On the finish there is a stunning dark chocolate and cherry quality with some black treacle and cigar humidor cedar. The dram is really soft and round with no harsh spirit and has a full-bodied mouthfeel.

I love this dram, I hadn't expected too much of this, however, it has been a real surprise and overall probably my favourite from the calendar so far, it has complexity, depth, approachability, it is very well made and has found a new fan.

Auchentoshan Three Wood can be bought from Master of Malt for £40.84

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