Whisky Review #45 – Auchentoshan Three Wood


Intro – My first journey into the Lowland region of Scotland we have the Auchentoshan Three Wood. Lowland whiskies are known for being lighter whiskies with close ties to Irish whisky as far as smell & taste go. Auchentoshan is also triple distilled which is another reason for its light flavors. I have to say when I read that a whisky has a light character I usually don’t go for it.  The Three Wood seemed like a good one to try as it is triple matured (hence the Three Wood) in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and PX Sherry casks. So I figured even if the flavor off the stills is light the casks should hopefully impart some nice strong sherry flavors. Bottled at 43%, chill filtered and colored. No age on this one so who really knows. Reviewed neat.

Nose – wet grass, sour sherry, spicy, salty sneaker rubber, cinnamon, odd grassy note which must be the Auchentoshan character, slight cherry and sherry note. The red fruit/sherry notes are killed by the grassy, spicy, young spirit. More time in the cask would probably have helped. I am sure this was a quick maturation. Complex nose…strange but in a good way. Time the glass helps.

Taste – sweet arrival, thick sugary mouthfeel, light sherry…odd sherry, turning spicy and hot – sweetness doesn’t stick around. flavor falls away quickly.

Finish – chocolate, cinnamon, baking spices, auchentoshan (grassy, hot spirit) character then nothing…can barely be called a short finish – not off putting but very short and lacking.

Favorite Part – The Nose.

Conclusion – Meh. This is a strange one. Usually I enjoy strange/odd/characterful whisky but just when you think it’s going to wow you the flavor disappears. Great nose but on the taste and finish you can tell it’s young. I think they left in the casks just long enough to not make it horrible. That said if they put some quality casks for longer and bottled it at a higher ABV  I think it would be much better. I probably won’t try another Auchentoshan because I think without the extra cask maturation the base spirit would gross me out. I can’t really recommend this one.

Rating – 63/100

  • Presentation – 2/5
  • Nose – 20/25
  • Taste – 23/35
  • Finish – 15/25
  • Value – 3/10