Auchentoshan Distillery located on the outskirts of the city of Glasgow is a classic Lowland distillery where every drop of whisky is being distilled three times. Founded in 1823 it is currently owned by Morrison Bowmore, a subsidiary of Beam Suntory and produces around 1.7 million liters of spirit per annum. Auchentoshan 18 years old presented here is an example of ‘old school’ whisky – distilled in the late 1980s spent over 18 years in first and second fill ex-Oloroso sherry butts. Bottled in 2006 without chill-filtration and at natural strength of 55.8% abv with an outrun of 4800 bottles.
Nose: autumn leaves, hay, hazelnuts, almond butter, milk chocolate, dash of cinnamon, hints of leather and tobacco and faint touch of sulphur.
Palate: sweeter than nose suggested, brown sugar, bitter oranges, prunes, roasted nuts, touch of lavender and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of dried fruit, pepper, bitter almonds and oak.