Auchentoshan sits in Clydebank on the outskirts of Glasgow. It was originally named Duntocher Distillery when founded in 1817 and was only renamed when it was acquired by John Hart and Alexander Filshie in 1834.
Like many distilleries, Auchentoshan has seen more than it’s fair share of challenges over the years. Perhaps the biggest of these came in March of 1941.
The world was at war and the shipbuilding yards at Clydebank were busy churning out ships and munitions to help the allies in the struggle against Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, that made the area a prime target for the Luftwaffe and on the 13th and 14th of March, they came in numbers.
More than 400 bombers flew over Scotland on those two evenings and with the RAF able to shoot down just two, the scene was set for mass destruction the like of which has not been seen before or since. Of 12,000 homes only seven were left undamaged with some 35,000 people made homeless. Over 1000 bombs fell from the sky, killing 528 people and seriously injuring another 617.
Auchentoshan didn’t escape the mayhem, suffering a hit on one of their warehouses which led eye-witnesses to describe a stream of burning whisky pouring into the River Clyde.
Of course, those dark days didn’t last forever and like so many others, Auchentoshan rebuilt, even turning a bomb crater into a pond! The distillery today is an attractive one and the brand enjoys a comfortable position in the portfolio of 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.
The Scores: About the Scoring…
Smell: 16/ 20. A subtle nose with a Nutty character with notes of Vanilla, Grass, Lemon and Lime, Eucalyptus and a little bit of Fudge.
Taste: 16 / 20. Creamy with that Nuttiness again, Lemon and Lime, Vanilla and a touch of Cinnamon and Ginger.
Value for Money: 8 / 10. Typically priced for the age bracket but good quality all the same.
Overall: 41 / 50. A well priced, quality representative of the Lowland style.