Auchentoshan is arguably one of the most exceptional distilleries in Scotland; it’s the only one to continuously produce a triple-distilled spirit.
This gives Auchentoshan a distinctly sweet, clean and delicate character that has superb ageing potential. Old Auchentoshans are among the most desired whiskies in the world. Using three stills makes the spirit consistently lighter and purer.The inspiration may have come from Ireland where triple distillation was more common in the 19th century while Scotland was known for producing heavier spirit.
The distillery is on the western outskirts of Glasgow. Founded in the 1800, Auchentoshan is run by Morrison Bowmore Distillers who also run Glen Garioch and Bowmore. While it’s a familiar sight on supermarket shelves, single casks and independent bottlings are exceedingly rare.
We are thrilled to have a couple of 1997 barrels in stock! Conor Strang and Myriam Mackenzie, who have recently joined the Cask Trade team, were so kind and tasted two of the cask samples. They’re two identical casks, filled on the same day and with the same spirit but the tasting notes will convince you that no two casks are ever the same!
- Auchentoshan barrel – distilled on 04/12/1997 – Cask A
RLA of 74.5 at 50.0% abv
Estimated 213 bottles at cask strength
Fresh and floral with a sweet maltiness. Dried apricot, coconut sponge with custard, lychee, preserved lemon.
Sweet and fresh with pear, ginger, elderflower, cinnamon buns and hard-boiled sweets.
Sweet spice, drying and floral.
- Auchentoshan barrel – distilled on 04/12/1997 – Cask B
RLA of 62.6 at 49.3% abv
Estimated 181 bottles at cask strength
Rich and warming with butterscotch, praline, meadow flowers, white grape, toasted brioche and honeysuckle.
Sweet and fruity with a light spice. Baked apples, toffee, honeysuckle and cake frosting with a rich mouthfeel.
Rich and toasty with subtle lingering toasted malt and spices.