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Auchentoshan stands on the outskirts of Glasgow near Clydebank. Originally named Duntocher when it was founded in 1817, it was renamed by John Hart and Alexander Filshie in 1834. Like many distilleries, Auchentoshan has encountered its fair share of challenges over the years, perhaps the biggest of which, came in March of 1941.
With the world engulfed in the mayhem of the second world war, the shipbuilding yards of Clydebank were frantically manufacturing ships and munitions to support the allied struggle against Nazi Germany, making the area a prime target for attack and as night fell on the evening of the 13th of March, they came.
The Luftwaffe sent more than 400 bombers to Scotland over the course of two nights, creating a scene of carnage and mass destruction the likes of which had never been seen before or since. Over a thousand bombs fell from the sky, killing 528 people and seriously injuring 617 more. Of 12,000 homes in Clydebank, only 7 were undamaged, leaving 35,000 people homeless.
Even old Auchentoshan didn’t escape the mayhem, suffering a direct hit to the warehouse, leading eye-witnesses to describe apocalyptic scenes of burning streams of whisky, flowing toward the River Clyde.
With the passing of those dark days, Auchentoshan, like the rest of the world, rebuilt and carried on. Today the distillery is owned by Japanese giants, Suntory.
The Auchentoshan 12 year old first appeared in 2008 as a replacement for the 10 year old. It’s bottled at 40% and comes in around £35 a bottle.
Smell: A subtle nose with a Nutty character with notes of Vanilla, Grass, Lemon and Lime, Eucalyptus and a little bit of Fudge.
Taste: Creamy with that Nuttiness again, Lemon and Lime, Vanilla and a touch of Cinnamon and Ginger.
Value for Money: Typically priced for the age bracket but good quality all the same.
A well priced, quality representative of the Lowland style.
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