Founded in 1817 as the Duntocher Distillery, Auchentoshan stands proudly on the banks of the river Clyde, on the outskirts of the city of Glasgow. Founded by one John Bulloch, the distilleries early years were beset with financial problems. Within a few short years in fact, Bulloch was bankrupt and the distilleries future looked uncertain to say the least. A new hope arrived in 1834 however, when the distillery was taken over by John Hart & Alexander Filshie, who renamed it Auchentoshan – ‘the corner of the field’.
Like so many of Scotland’s distilleries, Auchentoshan was to change hands repeatedly over the decades. Between 1960 and 1969 it was run by the Tennents brewery but when they sold to Stanley P Morrison of Morrison Bowmore, Auchentoshan would at last find some stability. Today, Auchentoshan, like the rest of the Morrison Bowmore group, is part of Beam Suntory Inc.
Auchentoshan is unique in Scotland as perhaps the only distillery to triple distill as a rule, creating a pure and delicate spirit. The Three Wood expression is a fine single malt, matured in ex-bourbon barrels before finishing first in Oloroso and then Pedro Ximenez Sherry wood. Bottled at 43% abv, it is available in the UK for around £45.
Smell: Strong Sherry notes like Raisins & Sultanas along with Fresh Fruit… Apple, Pear, Berries… Also some Creamy Vanilla and Toffee.
Taste: Cinnamon and Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate, more Sherry, Honey and Toffee.
Value for Money: £45 places it a little above the bargain category but it is a malt of fine quality that should justify the cost.
Scores: 43.5 / 50. About the Scores…
Consistently the strongest expression in the Auchentoshan range, the Three Wood continues to be a very satisfying dram at a reasonable asking price.