Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Interesting fact… Auchentoshan Classic whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Auchentoshan Classic whiskey, instead of whisky.
Nose: Fairly sweet, toasty Bourbon notes and creamy vanilla intertwined with lush, ripe cooked fruit. Perhaps coconut.
Palate: Fruity with typical Auchentoshan refinement. White peach and crème anglaise.
Finish: Clean, a floral freshness, a little more zest with white peach and apple.
Though I've never had Auchentoshan before, I thought it might be a nice try at $31. I was wrong. It has a distinctive sour taste but with very little depth - none of the nutty or vanilla flavor it claims.
No wonder the distillery fails to mention its age - I'm guessing it's something very young and would turn people off.
When a standard 12 year Glenlivet can be had for less than this, there's no reason to go for the Auchentoshan Classic.
9th March 2014
Fruity and slightly medicinal on the nose, and a variety of flavors greet the palate. Vanilla, nuts, banana, dark fruits, straw. It'll keep your attention, but a word to the wise: there is no need to add water. It's only 40% ABV, and water dulls all the flavors, so skip the water and enjoy this one neat.
4th March 2014
When I first nosed this straight after opening the bottle the first thing I picked up on was a dumpling/suet pudding character which interestingly I also get from Bowmore. There is also a good chunk of vanilla so although it is fairly young (6 years old I believe) the casks must be mostly or entirely first fill. After a few minutes the dumpling character remains but fades towards the background and a nice soft fruitiness comes forward. Okay it’s not the most incredible whisky experience you will ever have but it’s perfectly pleasant and excellent value.
26th February 2014
I cannot expect more for the price as it's not really bad but boring, and it's sweet, with some dry after-taste... though there really is a hint of old socks that annoys me terribly. I was at first informed this was exemplary for Lowlands malt, and I hope it's not.
31st January 2014
The knockers on this whisky are probably used to the bigger island malts. The lowland malts are very different to highland, island and Campbelltown. They are lighter and sweeter because of the regional differences. I live in a very hot summer climate and this is a perfect summer dram for me - well balanced without the big lingering nose or finish of the island malts which are my favourites, but kept for enjoyment during the cooler months. The Auchentoshan 12 is better, but at this price this represent easy and enjoyable malting. My tip is to allow it a few minutes in the glass before sipping - it comes together ok then.
11th January 2014
Upon the nose I thought I was going to be surprised...turned out I was wrong. Still trying to figure out it's rather awkward and unappealing finish.
Not very impressed but then again I didn't expect to be for the price I paid. It serves it's purpose though, I'll put in the well and let guests who want scotch and soda sort it out.
30th November 2013
Not over impressed but you can't argue with the price for a single Malt today Nov 11th on the ASDA shelf at £22. Well worth it.
13th November 2013
Nous devons garder à l'esprit la notion de prix,ce "classic" est une entrée de gamme, il est évident que nous avons tous rencontré des whiskies largement supérieurs....des spirits qui nous ont raconté de belles histoires,mais la petite musique de ce whisky sans prétention est comme une fenêtre sur un bel été gorgé de fruits bien mûrs,cette odeur de prunes est délicieuse.Certes,en bouche la musique est peu complexe et courte,mais il est propre et absolument pas un objet d'opprobe.
8th November 2013
Do not be put off by some of the stupid comments on here. For the price this is a very good whisky and a good example of a Lowland malt. Its easy going and a pleasure to drink.
Johnny Norfolk 01/10/13
1st October 2013
This was my first time to try a whisky from the Auchentoshan line. Bought at the local supermarket on inpulse I was suprised for a young whisky I liked it and it has lead my into wanting to try a bottle of their 3 wood next
23rd June 2013
I bought a bottle of this a while ago as I like to try different malts but although its pleasant enough is just average and too one Dimensional for me. I occasionally have a glass when i'm tasting different scotch's through the evening, but once this bottles gone it wont be replaced 5/10
5th June 2013
Wonderful whisky at great price, lots of cream and sweet notes, def buy again
3rd June 2013
Picked up a bottle for $32. Excellent price for a single malt. While it is not the most complex whiskey in the world I found it to be a very good starter whiskey. Nice light sweet nose. Mild on the palate. Sweet, vanilla, not as complex as a more expensive bottle but excellent for the value. Not a lot of burn for such a young whiskey. I will buy this again and keep it on the shelf for times I don't want to drain my more expensive bottles. Could be a nice go to brand. We should think the distillery for producing such a decent whiskey at such a great price. A very good $32 bottle. Don't expect it to be something you'd pay a lot more for but expect it to be very good in it's price class.
24th May 2013
You gotta compare apples with apples. For a young inexpensive scotch I was surprisingly impressed. A little harsh at first but then seemed easier on the palate as I kept tasting it. Was it the best? No. Was it the worst? No. It was a good scotch for a great price. Worth trying to see how you like it for yourself.
6th April 2013
It is what it is, and for the price, ( and for less discerning guests) it's not half bad. It's no Ardbeg, but that's not why you buy tho one.
19th March 2013
Real easy whisky, laid back and great to sip!
17th January 2013
Smells of cedar, tastes of stale walnuts. I don't see the appeal.
31st December 2012
Fresh barley aroma, like a summer field. Rich apple flavours in there too, sweet and citric. Taste a little of a let down, quite narrow. Tip of tongue acidity, certainly not unpleasant, but not explosive!
16th December 2012
First one I have bought from this distillery and it has already encouraged me to try the others. Yes, it is young - nobody is claiming otherwise, but with the Classic, the distillery has provided an entry level single malt at a price more people can afford. In marking it, I do so based on what it is rather than falling into the trap of comparing it with more expensive older whiskies. As a young, reasonably priced whisky, it achieves its objective very well indeed.
27th June 2012
This is a poor replacement for the SELECT bottling, however, when tasted blind, I found it to be an adequate dram.
The custard notes MoM noted are present, permeated with vanilla, touches of a tropical fruit punch, and a nice dose of dessicated coconut.
Not one of Auchentoshan's best... but for a cheap and cheerful tipple, it's not out of consideration.
17th April 2012
Im not impressed with this at all I have now changed to another Distillery as the old one this replaced was a delight. This one taste like the inside of a barrel..no thanks.
8th December 2011
well i like this one it not smokey & is very smooth well impressed will be having a few drams of this with my highland friends this weekend
15th September 2011
The nose is very sweet, with peaches and Madeira, followed by intense vanilla and coconut.
On the palate, the dram is very smooth and fruity with a touch of mint. Vanilla ice cream.
The finish is fresh and floral.
I think Auchentoshan decided to put this on the market in hopes of attracting a new and younger audience. Very friendly priced and a good entry malt, though.
Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!
14th July 2011
Getting it as a present I was delirious... till I tasted it. Terrible!
Hints of tar and rubber give me the creeps. This is a shame for malt whisky. Very disapointed!
13th April 2011
I expected worse from this given the price. I am not a bourbon fan (I don't care for the corn finish) and while this had some bourbon characteristics it had the cleaner finish of a single malt. It's the lack of peat, i think, that is mostly noteable. But I love the really smokey drinks the best! Certainly not going to be a regular go-to drink, but its a nice change of pace. I would definitely dispute the earlier" swill" opinion, but then, it's just that. An opinon.
9th January 2011
I saw this on offer and was pleasantly surprised how good it was considering it's obviously a young whisky. This is the only Auchentoschan I have tried but will definately look forward to trying others now
1st July 2010
Mistakenly picked this up instead of my usual delectable 10 Year Old Auchentoshan. Just think, for $5 less, one can partake of this swill: weak, sour, rought, uncouth.
Shades of Glenfiddich: make as much of it as possible, as quickly as possible, absolute minimum aging, get it on the shelves ASAP. Disgraceful.
Shame on Auchentoshan.
15th September 2009