Origin: Lowlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
AgEing barrels: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez
Additional coloring: Yes
Average price: € 53.00
Oofficial website: www.auchentoshan.com
A few months after our review of the 12yo, we return to Auchentoshan, the best known whisky of the Lowlands.
Founded in 1825 by John Bulloch, rebuilt after the Second World War, refurbished for the first time in 1974 and for the second time ten years later when it was acquired by Stanley P. Morrison, Auchentoshan, currently owned by the Japanese giant Suntory (the same as Bowmore), is the only distillery in Scotland, together with Springbank and their Hazelburn bottlings, to practise triple distillation.
From its stills comes a whisky with a tendency to be light-bodied, not impetuous in tone, but not at all banal in its aromas.
Three Wood belongs, along with 12yo and American Oak, to the official core range and, unlike the other two, is offered at 43% ABV. This is a NAS, since it doesn’t have an ageing statement on the label, but authoritative reviewers assume a course of about ten years in classic ex-Bourbon casks, and a subsequent refinement of two years in ex-Sherry Oloroso wood and six months in ex-Pedro Ximénez.
The colour is amber. Tilting the glass to observe the bows and tears, we notice that the latter are thin, indicating a light body, as expected.
On the nose, along with the sweetness of caramel and sultanas in particular, we detect unexpectedly sour notes of green apple and banana, with an impression of lemon and, after a few minutes, of baba. The characteristic hint of Auchentoshan nut guards everything.
On the palate, the sweetness becomes more vague, the citrus note is subdued, as is the hint of walnut and, apart from a hint of white pepper, it’s the wood that dominates.
The finish is medium, of walnut and wood again.
Exciting on the nose and tuneful but not equally expressive on the palate, Three Wood is a whisky that confirms Auchentoshan’s ability to marry elegance and ease of drinking.