Auchentoshan 12 Review


Auchentoshan 12 Review

Distillery: Auchentoshan
Expression: Auchentoshan 12
Category: Single Malt Scotch
Region: Lowlands
ABV: 40%

After so many forays into Islay and the Highlands, tis’ occasionally nice to spends a bit of time with a Lowlands whisky for change of pace.

And in our book Auchentoshan is right there at the front of the Lowlands pack.

Established in 1800, the Gaelic name Auchentoshan translates into “the corner of the field.” 
The distillery is rumored to have been started by Irish settlers, which would help to explain why Auchentoshan is one of the few Scotches which triple-distills its whiskies.

It’s been dubbed “the breakfast whisky” due to its sweet and light character.

Auchentoshan whiskies are typically matured in bourbon, sherry, and fine French wine casks which adds even more sweetness to the equation.

So, you’re not going to find any traces of peat or smokiness here — just plenty of nutty/chocolate/caramel flavoring that makes for some pleasant sipping.

On the nose, the Auchentoshan 12 is rather bland and offers little more than a few weak lemon-citrus and floral notes.

Yet on the palate, you’re immediately hit with a pretty powerful one-two combination of nuttiness and American oak which belies Auchentoshan’s usual gentle nature present in its other expressions.

Yet the dram eventually returns to form as the oak splinters off into vanilla creaminess and the initial harshness smooths out as it approaches the finish line.

Although we’re quite big fans of the triple pot still distillation approached used in many Irish whiskies, some of the flavor seems to have leaked away in the case of this particular Auchentoshan expression.

It’s certainly not a bad whisky by any stretch, but it’s a little on the dull side.

Those in search of a smoother and fuller lowland should probably pony up the extra cash and opt for the Auchentoshan’s Three Wood instead.

Auchentoshan 12 Tasting Notes

Color:  Golden Honey
Nose: Weak floral and lemon notes
Palate: Heavy on almond and oak, some coffee as well
Finish: Fairly long and drifting with some spicy ginger and additional nuttiness.

Score 80 / 100

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