Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Whisky
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The Auchentoshan 12 is the youngest age-statement release from the distillery. Uniquely triple distilled, compared to other scotch malts which are usually only distilled twice, the 12 year old has an oily mouthfeel, coating your mouth in warming buttery spice and zesty oranges. Aged predominantly in ex-bourbon barrels, the slight use of ex-oloroso sherry casks adds balance.
The Auchentoshan 12 is a great option if the person you are buying for is a fan of Irish whiskey and wants to delve into scotch. Like Irish whiskey, the Auchentoshan 12 is triple distilled making it incredibly approachable which means this is also a great gateway scotch.
Scotch whisky is a very broad category consisting of various styles, regions and production methods. It is unclear whether Ireland or Scotland was the first to produce whisky but it is likely that the practise became common in both countries concurrently. It is commonly thought that the knowledge of distillation was brought to Scotland (and Ireland) by monks returning from the Mediterranean and the Middle East in around 1000AD.
Appearance: Brushed copper.
Nose: Banana and savoury spice.
Taste: Zesty orange and thick, rich butterscotch.
Finish: Browned butter and freshly toasted bread.
Overall: Very smooth, coating your mouth in an oily fashion. Citrus and tropical fruit led, spice and cereal notes help hold the length.
Scotch whisky (Scottish Gaelic: uisge-beatha; Scots: Scots whisky/whiskie, whusk(e)y; often simply called whisky or Scotch) is malt whisky or grain whisky (or a blend of the two), made in Scotland.
All Scotch whisky was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. As of 2020, there were 134 Scotch whisky distilleries operating in Scotland.
All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky. A whisky without an age statement is known as a no age statement (NAS) whisky, the only guarantee being that all whisky contained in that bottle is at least three years old. The minimum bottling strength according to the regulation is 40% alcohol by volume. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky.
Where and by whom is it distilled?
Auchentoshan Distillery is located in Scottish Lowlands and was built in 1800. Unusually for a Scottish whisky distillery, it triple distils its single malt it the same way Irish distillers produce their single malts.
What, exactly, goes into it?
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.
Any other recommendations?
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Auchentoshan 12, you could also try Balvenie 12 Double Wood or Green Spot.
If you want to buy a bottle of Auchentoshan 12 Year, our flagship venue TT Liquor has it available online and in-store. TT also runs a magazine packed with great brand interviews.
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