On the time of this post I’ll move to the Lowlands, where in Clydebank NW of Glasgow is Auchentoshan distillery. It was founded in 1817 and received a license to distillation in 1823.
Auchentoshan with Glenkinchie are the only working distilleries in Lowlands region. Recently, production was still going on in Bladnoch, but the distillery is placed into bankruptcy now. What is the fate of Bladnoch? The future will tell. Maybe you are willing to purchase the distillery …?
Once there were also such a distilleries like St. Magdalene – the current buildings are converted into apartments and Rosebank – in parts of the buildings there is a restaurant, and the rest is decaying. Some new distilleries are likely to arise, but so far none of them I know.
Returning to Auchentoshan it must be emphasized that the whisky produced there is distilled three times (even on the bottle there are three stills). After the third process, the alcohol reaches a concentration of 81%. This causes that they use softer distillate fractions to maturation, thus the taste must be smoother, less restive.
The company belongs to Morrison Bowmore, which is owned by the Japanese giant Suntory, Beam Suntory in fact, after the acquisition of the Beam company last year.
N: very pleasant, with the winey beginning, after a while it sharpens up and delivers traces of pepper, which quite soon go away, then it’s only smooth and gentle, raisins, vanilla and apple, after some time I get oranges, mandarins, and then just delicate flowers remain;
T: in taste it is gentle too, maybe even too much, but this is of course a matter of taste, like in the smell I get mandarins, oranges and vanilla, traces of young apples with a light warm-up and a touch of wood;
F: medium length with some grapefruit and traces of bitterness, which appears, in principle, only in the finish and maybe even a touch of cacoa.
Auchentoshan 12 years old is a pleasant whisky. Nice aroma and mild flavor. For me, it lacks a little power, depth, especially in the taste. Although for some it will be substantially just right. This is of course a matter of taste, which is not to be discussed.