Auchentoshan, often referred to as Scotland's Irish distillery, in that their juice is thrice distilled in typical Irish fashion. There is history behind this moniker as Irish immigrants settling into the Lowland region spurred a demand for Whisky that resembled that of their native land. Thus, the triple distilled Auchentoshan was born of cultural & geographical necessity. Here we look at Three Wood, named for its maturation process utilizing three distinct cask types; first American Bourbon, then Spanish Oloroso and finally PX casks. Divisive as it may be, Three Wood has gained a bit of a cult-following within the whisky community, and they will be quick to praise it as the finest expression from the distillery (and often times dismissing the rest of the OB's).
1.9 (Brown sherry)
I mean, I knew this was gonna be a sherry bomb but I grossly underestimated just how bombastic it would be, I'll be pulling sherry shrapnel out of my nostrils for days. Dried fruits set the foundation(duh), raisins & figs specifically and a pleasant nuttiness is hard to miss. Brown sugar and caramel. Harder to find, but definitely there, is the malt, it's hanging back with a slightly Earthy character. Combined with the fruits, it brings to mind some form of flavored tobacco; maybe pipe or even hookah.
Well things just got real simple, real quick. Feel is surprisingly oily, but half the nose disappears, unfortunately it's the interesting half. Not to say it isn't *good*, because it is delicious, it's just that we settled smack in the heart of sherry-town and are now paying rent. Dried fruit, preserves, and hazelnut with a touch of sugar and caramel. Fortunately, all that damn Oak they used is here to lend some bitterness and balance the scales.
Finish is on the short side and kind of just drives the palate off into the sunset, leaving a bit of a minty trail in its wake. Nothing new or exciting here.
Alright so this is a very good whisky, if not a very entertaining whisky. Nose is the best bit by far, but that is not surprising nor is it unheard of. I know that, more often that not, Auchentoshan gets a bad rap but I really, thoroughly enjoyed this bottle from neck to last. It is completely inoffensive and just damned delicious and I'm not gonna trash it for keeping things a bit simple. I keep thinking of it as an improved Macallan 12 DO, it's easy to drink and so incredibly perfect for sharing.
81 / 100