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Auchentoshan American Oak

No frills, straight up

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nReview by @nicko

10th Jul 2017

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This very easy-going single malt from Auchentoshan is aged solely in American Bourbon casks.

I've been drinking this one for a little over two years now and though I enjoy it as a knock off, it certainly won't knock ones socks off. It is a little too inconspicuous in the single malt landscape, lacking the complexity that raises and even the affordable scotches into the memory.

Nose- Light caramel notes, mild toasty quality. Palate- Delicate vanilla and caramel. These tones are a particular highlight for me. They also constitute the main character of the scotch. Finish- Light sweetness, biscuit, caramel.

My only disappointment with this is the lack of complexity. But this is also what makes it my go-to at the end of the night.

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12 comments

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

Nice notes @nicko, thanks for posting!

about one year ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

"though I enjoy it as a knock off, it certainly won't knock ones socks off"—nice turn of phrase!

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@nicko In all my years of drinking Scotch whisky, I have never tasted Auchentoshan, mostly because of typically luke warm reviews such as this. I'm sure there are some very good ones, but they are probably old and expensive. I don't recall anyone gushing over any of their core range offerings. Cheers.

about one year ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@BlueNote , same here, except I did taste one once at a scotch sampling event. I was unimpressed. Though to be fair, it was probably one of their more basic whiskies.

I think the person you need here if you want to hear some potential gushing is @markjedi1. :)

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@MadSingleMalt. Indeed. The "Toshan Man" needs to check in here. I like your new handle. I know Mad is for Madison, but aren't we all a little mad here? Cheers

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@BlueNote , thanks. If we were doing license plates instead of online screen names, maybe I'd lay claim to MAD 4 SMS. (But wait—then I'd have to give up POGUES!)

about one year ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@MadSingleMalt I've only ever had the standard 12 and was incredibly unimpressed. All the reviews for the American Oak and the Three Wood seem to be just as lukewarm. I find Auchentoshan to be the Brendan Fraser of scotches. Bland and unremarkable. Not bad, just easily forgettable. Perhaps their eleventy billion dollar bottles are worthwhile, but I'll never know.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@GoodVintage
GoodVintage commented

i'm a bit 'meh' about Auchentoshan but I prefer the American Oak the to others I've tasted

about one year ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@nicko, don't forget that if you order your drink "straight up" you will get it poured over ice and strained.

about one year ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@OdysseusUnbound I thought a Brendan Fraser of whisky was a sympathic flashy and nutty whisky, a bit simple and, at the same time, a bit thick even if lacking substance. Well, my mistake.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Frost
Frost commented

This one has replaced "Classic" here in Australia, which has a similar write up for ex-Bourbon casks. Any information on what the difference is between the two?

about one year ago 0

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