Triple distilled and aged for 18 years, this scotch earned a score of 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Auchentoshan 18yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted, optic barley that is gently kilned and completely un peated. The barley is milled and mashed before being fermented in wooden wash backs made from Oregon Pine. The wooden wash backs (as opposed to the stainless steel wash backs used at most distilleries) retain a portion of the heat produced during fermentation, and ultimately produce a lighter and slightly sweeter Whisky
Following fermentation, the Whisky is distilled. While Scotch Whisky is traditionally distilled twice, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch is distilled three times — first through a wash still, then through an intermediate still, and finally, through a spirit still. This extra step during distillation — no other major distillery uses an intermediate still — is both time-consuming and expensive, but it produces a 160-proof Whisky that is incredibly pure and free of impurities.
Situated at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills in Western Scotland, Auchentoshan (pronounced Aw-khen-tosh-an) Distillery was founded in 1800 and is one of the last remaining Lowland malt Whisky distilleries. The distillery is nicknamed “Glasgow’s Malt Whisky” due to its proximity to Glasgow, and its Whisky is nicknamed “breakfast Whisky” due to its sweet flavor and elegant texture
. The initial flavors are deep and slightly woody, with notes of zesty citrus, ripe fruits and a hint of sweet, brown sugar. The finish, which is long and lingering, is well-balanced with notes of spicy cinnamon and oak.