Three Wood

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 29, Issue 53, Issue 72
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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