Auchentoshan Distillery was established in the Dumbartonshire estate of Auchentoshan in 1823. Since then it has had six careful owners who have handed down its unique production process. This Lowland Malt Distillery rests at the foot of the Old Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking the famous River Clyde, once renowned as the Scottish gateway to the world. From this vantage point, Auchentoshan Distillery has witnessed many historic sights over its long existence. From the sailing ships loaded with both legal and illegal whisky, leaving the Clyde, destined for the four corners of the world. Auchentoshan, meaning ‘Corner of the field’ in Gaelic, produces a delicate, smooth and light single Malt Whisky. The subtle aroma and flavour of its Spirit is achieved by the unique Triple Distillation process, whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, distilled three times producing even greater refinement to its character.
A pale gold in colour. The bouquet is right there in the name a blast of ozonated grain, like a wheat silo right before a thunderstorm. There’s a light thread of milky vanilla bean that is reminiscent of ice cream, plus some freshly sliced green apple and charred beeswax. Gentle and subtle. The palate is sweet, creamy, and light. A nice dose of vanilla and citrus, plus a bit of musky cracked malt and a burst of warm spice near the end—a testament to the influence of those ex-bourbon casks. The finish is brief and warming, almost reminiscent of dried chilli.