Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Scotch Single Malt - Lowland - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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.
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This whisky has no windup and no introduction. It comes right out with toffee and chocolate and coffee. Just wonderful!
21st December 2014
Well another December day and another advent calendar to open and wow, the first thing you notice is this one has a darker than normal colour, almost bronze like. It turns out the taste is as big as the colour, you get a strong mouthful with lots of sherry coating your mouth with hints of cherry and chocolate. I found the finish to be a warming contrast compared to the initial mouthful, much more peppery and warming. Perfect for the winter months and one I'd be looking to try again!
9th December 2014
I have got to the 8th day of my Whisky Advent Calender and found the best so far, but I still have 16 days to go.
One of my favourite late-night whiskies. It has the scent of cherry brandy, with a slight turpentine quality that’s a little off-putting. But the taste is sublime. Almonds, walnuts and cherries, marzipan, apples – a fruitcake in a glass. Layered on top is a brandy start that smoothens out to a sherry finish, with loads of toffee and a hint of oaky tannin at the very end. It has a long finish, especially at this price point, best enjoyed slowly.
With lots of bright fruit and citrus notes at first followed by increasing levels of rich sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate orange this manages to show the finesse and delicacy of the spirit but with dark chocolate and rich fruit following through. It's all mince pies and Christmas pudding. Terrific dram.
The oak and sherry here is balanced beautifully, a lifetime classic for me.
16th November 2014
Just trying a dram and it is very smooth. The cherry dipped in chocolate and black forest gateau descriptors are spot on. I usually add water just to take the edge of whisky, no need with this.
14th November 2014
Reminds me of cee-lo Green in a crushed velvet smoking jacket quoting Lesley Phillips whilst being force fed black forest gateaux. Smooth, deep and brash.
10th November 2014
I was tired of the usual suspects and gave this a try. I really like it. complex on the nose and flavors meld I to a balanced finish.
2nd November 2014
3rd October 2014
Sorry, but it tasted a bit like Tizer.
17th September 2014
10th May 2014
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