Auchentoshan is another whisky I’ve had before; it’s also one of the few distilleries on the mainland of Scotland that I’ve managed to visit.
Auchentoshan Three Wood is, as the name implies, aged in three different woods – after an initial period in bourbon barrels it moves through Oloroso and finally Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
Unsurprisingly, the nose is sweet and fruity – honey soaked raisins, with wine-soaked oaked aromas beneath. Water takes away some of the fruit, and allows the wood to come through more.
In the mouth it’s initially peppery, leading into some honey sweetness and a lingering tannic finish. Watered, it’s thinner but still keeps a light honey sweetness.The fruit changes too, becoming lighter, greener. The finish is shortened too, but still there to balance the honey nicely.
Overall, a pretty nice dram. Nothing mindblowing, but a tasty 3.5 stars.