Auchentoshan 3 Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ai ai ai can I get an Amen please? What a fun whisky this is! Whenever I look after my brother's house in the south of Amsterdam, there is a local store, Slijterij Boorsma, where I have to go, where they usually have a whisky or two that I've not tried before. And this time I walked away with an Auchentoshan 3 Wood Single Malt.
This Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky enjoyed a lovely long rest in three different cask types: An American Bourbon, from which is was moved to a Spanish Oloroso Sherry cask and then, finally for it's final rest, beautiful Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, creating this incredibly complex and compelling whisky.
How does it look
What struck me most when I opened the box is that this Lowland single malt has an incredible rich dark color. It's this lovely dark, nearly caramel color and I get the feeling that I am in for a sweet treat, judging from the description.
There's a lot happening when you first nose this whisky. Even after several sniffs, I kept discovering new fragrances. From vanilla sweetness, to citrus, then there was a wonderful nose filled with wood and again that toffee, near molasses kiss that you get.
Oh my... that was intense. But incredible. It's rich, rich, rich. The mouth is filled with nuttiness, warmth, soft fruity flavours and again that nice citrus we love so well. It's sweet and there are hints of spice in there. I could see myself drinking this either straight up or even in a good cocktail, given the chance.
Long, ever-lasting love. This whisky keeps on going. It has this wonderful long, sweet finish without it becoming overpowering. And at 43% it's a great, every day drink!