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Auchentoshan Three Wood

Neither a putter, nor a driver

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RReview by @Rigmorole

8th Apr 2013


Auchentoshan Three Wood
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Three wood indeed. What a pleasant surprise. I needed that. Today was a slow and lazy day with rain. No activity on the golf course, that's for sure.

Nose: Fruit compote (stewed apples, pears), caramel, sherry, cognac, rhubarb pie, oak, maple tree sap (weaker than actual maple sugar).

Palate: Lushly phantasmagorical; bittersweet chocolate, black forest cherry cordial. The wood comes through after swallowing but before the finish. Nice balance. Intensity grows as it sits in the glass. Seems to pick up strength with air. Added a few drops of water. The water did not make a huge difference other than bringing out the wood more. I liked the mouthfeel of this whisky as compared with the cheaper Auchentoshans, which have felt acidic around the borderline between teeth and gums. Not so with this gem of a scotch. Lovely.

Finish: Caramel salt water taffy, popcorn at a movie theater, woody hints of oak, followed by a touch of green "Granny Smith" apple.

The smell of one's glass after the whisky is gone is enough to prompt a second pour. "Bartender, I'll have another. . . ."

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jeffilli commented

Good Review Sir. I had the pleasure of sampling this and 10 other whiskies the other night and I must say this one left an impression. It wasnt the most expensive or the oldest but man o man the finish on it was out of this world. I am def. picking myself up a bottle of this one! Let me just add that I am somewhat new to the whiskey world and look forward to trying many more.

11 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I still order this whisky in bars. I have a spare bottle in my safe right now. I like this one a great deal, and I don't care what other well respected nose-lifters have to say about its flaws. All hail the three wood!

10 years ago 0