Auchentoshan

Three Wood

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 29, Issue 53, Issue 72
Specifications
Brand: Auchentoshan
Expression: Three Wood
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Lowland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 53
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Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Lowland, Scotland
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Open humidors,leather and tobacco leaves..Blackberry jam of fresh toast. Roasted pinenuts.
Palate: Blackberry compote,dark treacle reminicence of Parkin cake at Halloween celebrations.
Finish: The Parkin continues.
Comment: Outstanding.
8.4
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Fruity. Raisins, especially dates, orange peel.
Palate: Beautiful balance of dark, syrupy, fruity, maturation flavours and cedary, oily, marshmallow, characteristics from the spirit itself.
Finish: Gentle, long, warming, lemon grass, spice.
Comment: Matching Auchentoshan with Pedro Ximinez is like putting Benny Lynch in the ring with Marciano. What do you get? It's unimaginable, but in whisky it works.
8.3
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Armagnac and cognac, prunes, and treacle cake.
Palate: Complex and long-lasting, with raisins, cherries and chocolate. European oak to the fore.
Finish: A sophisticated complex of flavour, with maple syrup, dark fruits and apples.
Comment: Lowlands just as aperitifs? Pah! A well constructed malt with varied wood flavour, although the prevalence of sherry flavours makes it atypical of the region.
8.3
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Deep and rich. Stewed fruit, raisins, molasses, roasted red pepper, violet. In time, there's resinous notes, tamarind concentrate, walnuts then cocoa. Malt way underneath.
Palate: Sweet and sour. Pomegranate/grenadine, dried orange peel thick berry juice. Lightly tannic, treacle, black fruits. Splits with water (don't dilute).
Finish: Tingling and thick.
Comment: As warm and welcoming as a real Glasgow kiss.
8.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: This takes a little time to open,then there's a jamminess which slowly overtakes the dry malty centre. Big, plump and welcoming:mulberry jam,raisin,hot sawdust. Good density.
Palate: Black fruits from the start. A glossy, sleek,feel then caramel toffee,treacle and slightly dusty deep raisined fruit. A drop of water shows good layering.
Finish: Winey, raisin and that jamminess.
Comment: A classic of its type.
7.9
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Malt along with dried fruit and nut, then burnt toffee, red fruits and real sherried quality. Water shows cake mix and prune.
Palate: Very sherried with a certain soft, sweet fruitiness in the centre and dry maltiness underneath.
Finish: Dry, burnt fruit.
Comment: A lot of wood-derived flavours and aromas here. Has a certain swaggering style.
7.0
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