Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Insider knowledge: Auchentoshan Three Wood whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Auchentoshan Three Wood whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Cooked fruit, sherry, toffee, a rum-like quality and notes of Bas Armagnac distilled circa 1940.
Palate: Rich. Liqueur cherries in dark chocolate, more sherried fruit, ripe dark forest fruits, like a Black Forest Gateaux.
Finish: Superb, led by thick dark treacle and toffee notes and chewy wooded notes, balanced with a green fruit edge.
This and the Auchentoshan Cooper's Reserve are the tits. There's no other way to put it. The nose is complex and sweet. You can smell a ton of vanilla and caramel coming through, it literally smells like a dessert. The body is absolutely perfect. It fully coats your mouth without being syrupy. You immediately get hit by chocolate which develops into spicy cherry and a hint of peach. The finish is where Auchentoshan really shows it's stuff. The peach combines with a ridiculous balance of smokiness and salted caramel which continues to develop for days and days. There is nothing better in the entire world on a cold night, or really whenever. The Cooper's Reserve, being a bit younger, is more intense on the alcohol front (46% vs 43%) as well as the flavors. I have a soft spot for the Cooper's Reserve because I love the intensity of the salted caramel, but this is realistically a more well-rounded release. Please, for the love of god, spread the word about Auchentoshan so this lowland distillery stays open for many decades to come.
31st March 2014
Having read the other reviews my hopes were high. Alas this whisky is well off the mark for me. The nose has a rather unpleasant soapy edge to it. It tastes tired and woody; Perhaps some bad PX casks were used.The aftertaste and the colour are the best parts. I will not rush to get another bottle of this one.
28th March 2014
"notes of Bas Armagnac distilled circa 1940." ?? Somebody was allowed to get carried away. I think it's more like circa 1941.
20th January 2014
Finding ourselves with no plans on a Saturday, we decided to take in the Auchentoshan tour on the outskirts of Clydebank. During the tour p, it was mentioned we would get a taste of Three Wood at the end. It was explained the maturing process was 10 years in a Bourbon cask, then a year each in two different Sherry casks.
First impression is that it looks dark and luxurious. I get a smell of Vanilla and it is very smooth and fairly easy drinking (as far as a 43% spirit goes). It is almost like a liqueur and I imagine a lot of people who aren't really into whisky could start on this.
We left with a bottle in hand which I'm sure will take a regular dram from it.
11th January 2014
Tried for the first time in a certain whisky shop in Manchester, purchased a bottle and loved it. I'm now on the second bottle and have been recommending this to all and sundry. For me this is an absolute belter of a single malt with lots of body, spice and complexity and every dram is different. Give this whisky a touch of water and the finish comes alive and goes on and on and on.......heaven.
19th November 2013
tried it for the first time - tasted against Dalmore 15 years. Whilst I'm all for the smoky, woody etc highlands, I must say this blew me away. 2 years ago I started taking more interest in Cognacs and other avers, but this Whiskey will bring me back to distillates. Thoroughly enjoyable!
6th November 2013
Looks tasty, tried the Auchentoshan "Spring Wood" yesterday which is mediocre. Light, Vanilla, Citrus, short finish. Next time I try Auchentoshan i will try this "Three Wood" instead.
1st November 2013
Next to Yamazaki this is my favorite whiskey so far!
26th October 2013
Aromas of wood-leather-floral-spice with toffee. Palate of butterscotch, nuts, and oak spices. (Not much fruit besides orange) The combination makes this complex and balanced.
4th August 2013
Ah, the discovery of a new favourite! A great moment for any whisky drinker and with such variety available you can hope there are plenty more favourites out there to find! We certainly agree on this one too - Auchentoshan Three Wood is one hell of a dram. - The Chaps at Master of Malt
26th March 2013
The date: Sunday 24th March, The time: 4.00 pm, a medically dangerous cold wind. Sudddenely a small light, signalling a welcome and an open fire - Monteiths in the Royal Mile. The barman was asked for his recommendation and I ended up drinking ATW for the first time. A glorious drink on its own - sweet, smooth, warm and full of flavour, made the more delicious (and dangerous perhaps) with a small injection of water. This isa seriously delicious drink that I will not only add to my collection, but move it immediately to the number one spot. A great find.
25th March 2013
The tasting notes are spot on and for less than £40 it is possibly the best value single malt as a pound for pound comparison. I only purchased a dram sample but will definitely buy a full bottle.
1st January 2013
After tasting this I could not drink anything less.
21st December 2012
Overly developed smell, cherries, vanilla, caramel, black currant. No peat. Taste is mild but the alcohol punches back on the gum. Bitter aftertaste, maybe too bitter, just at the edge of too much. Little hint of sweetness. The smell is way better than the taste, the fruity notes are almost not tasteable.
11th November 2012
a fine whisky, discovered by chance and will definitely buy again
8th November 2011
The nose is sweet and warm, like most Auchentoshans in my opinion, with raisins, dades and a lot of sherry. After leaving it in the glass to settle down for a minute or two, I also sensed orange peel, toffee, a pinch of tobacco and even brown sugar. This is a very interesting nose, with lots going on at the same time. Eye opener.
The first sip is somewhat syrupy, but in a positive sense. The soft sherry notes come out first – very much in the foreground – but are soon accompanied by almonds and dark fruits. Lovely.
The finish is very, very long, fresh and fruity, but a bit dry at the death. Even a little bit bourbon-like, which surprised me somewhat. I recommend smelling your empty glass again after a minute or two. Nice!
Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!
14th July 2011
"notes of Bas Armagnac distilled circa 1940." ?? Somebody was allowed to get carried away.
7th July 2011
Beautiful dram. Imagine lacing your mum's best sticky toffee pudding with custard and sherry then putting it in a glass. Absolutely delicious - a great alternative to a desert, with I'm sure less calories.
19th February 2010