So I know that I said I’d be testing out some Canadian whiskey this past weekend, however I ended up at a decent Scotch pub, and thus had some drams to taste. So first off, sorry to texaer for this not being Canadian, I’ll probably get to that in 2 weeks. Second off, sorry it’s not a peat bomb; let’s explore the Auchentoshan Three Wood. Thirdly, I spelled the name wrong in the title.
This is the fourth review for Auchentoshan distillery, and I’m probably still spelling them wrong. I have to say that this is my most familiar Lowland distillery, and I’m always trying to find a whiskey they make that is “just right”. Let’s see if the Three Wood fits the bill.
This one is named the triple wood as it is aged in three different types of cask: American Bourbon, Spanish Oloros Sherry, and then Pedro Ximenex Sherry casks.
Price: N/A at my liquor stores
Nose: sour lemon, fresh cut wood, varnish, cardamon, chocolate, peanuts, cooked butter, sherry, butterscotch
There’s a very sour note that mellows out into a nice buttery flavour over time. It’s kinda like a nice French meal almost. The sherry influence is there, though not strongly.
Taste: Oak, cherry, pepper, chilli, lemon, nutmeg, cashew, truffle oil, peanut butter
I think that this would have benefited from more time in the sherry casks. It has more of a bourbon cask flavour here more than the sherry that I was expecting. Lots and lots of nut flavours on this one. Feel free to make your own testicle jokes here.
Finish: Lime, iceberg lettuce, apple, currant, salt, cinnamon
The finish on this one is quite short, which is something I found with the 21 year as well. The current and cinnamon finally show up to remind me that there’s some sherry casks involved.
Conclusion: It’s nicer than the 12 year or the Classic, though I think there’s some room for improvement on this one. The sherry elements are almost missing (barring the colour, a little bit of the nose and the finish). You can almost turn every time I review an Auchentoshan into a drinking game: Take one when I complain about the low Abv, take one when I wish the finish was longer, and take one when I say it’s not that strong. That being said, I think that more people should review Lowlands: They have different flavour profiles, and they make great aperitifs.
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