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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old

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Auchentoshan 12 Bottling Note

A more recent release from the Auchentoshan distillery, replacing the previous staple 10 year old, this 12 year old bottling launched at the same time Auchentoshan had a dramatic rebrand back in 2011.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A cereal-sweet nose with notes of guava and mango, with a drizzle of honey.

Palate: Oaky and sweet palate, with barley sugar, a little passion fruit and vanilla custard too. Perhaps some rose petal jelly in there.

Finish: A lengthy, dry and oaky finish with barley sweetness and cocoa powder.

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Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Reviews

You need this is in your life

I am only starting on my whisky 'journey' and after a fair bit of research picked a few bottles to start off with. The first few were OK but still left me wondering if Whisky was really for me. Then I tried this little stunner. Absolutely delicious, smooth, lots of flavour (that you can actually taste) and a finish that doesn't burn your throat off. Highly recommend.

15th May 2020

great whisky at an affordable price. Perhaps to complex for those with negative reviews

Very well made alc. distillate.
Nose - sweet honeyed citrus
Palate - vanilla orange aniseed
Finish - medium dry light sherry

31st March 2020

it is OK

nose: some oak and leaf with hints of honey
palate: sweet sherry, notes of smoke
finish: dry and oak
absolutely not a bad one for that price, but you can find better

20th March 2020

Don't hate on easy drinking approachable

Toffee and malt. A hint of smoke, but not unapproachable. Just sweet enough and doesn't burn too much. Not sure why many on here hate on Auchentoshan 12, but this is easy drinking enough to serve to buddies over for a small get together and when they want something more interesting, you can break out other favourite bottles. Consider the Auchentoshan 12 the appetizer to the main course, and a good test to make sure you don't waste your Aberfeldy 21's or Lagavulin on someone who won't appreciate.

14th January 2020

A great first round!

A good starter, nice and clean before bringing out my favorites. The dryness opens my taste buds and sets me up for a nice visit from my other Scottish friends.

A little water goes a long way to bring out the sweetness.

24th May 2019

A nice and affordable whiskey.

I think that all those who have given negative reviews here must remember one thing: We all have different taste buds and preferences and you have to be a little careful with damning judgments, as these can of course hurt those who really like this whiskey. All talk about "beginners" is a bit pathetic, there are very experienced whiskey drinkers who actually also like Auchentoshan 12 Years. A little more professionalism is desirable. I myself think that this whiskey is clearly affordable and good in the category it represents.

23rd February 2019

For the price this is a good single malt Scotch

Good Scotch very smooth easy drinking for anytime.

13th January 2019

A very nice scotch.

Delicate scotch, doesn't blast your nose out. My wife loves it and it keeps her out of the Glenfiddich 18.

26th October 2017

Not bad, especially for beginners

Very mild but by no means bad. Shocked to read reviews that say "bitter" maybe they should stick to apple juice? It's a bit over priced I'd say.

14th October 2017

Good Whiskey at a Good Price!

A good daily dram to be sure.

Nose: Oranges, some toffee and vanilla. Creamsicle anyone?

Palette: Youthful. More oranges and vanilla, nuts, and mild smoke. Dry, medium length oaky finish.

Good bang for your buck!

23rd September 2017


I'm no pro as a Scotch drinker, but what I love about the good ones I drink--
Glen Morangie, Glenfiddish, Glen Livet, Laphroige (smokier than I prefer but it fits the comment) etc is that they have a strong, distinct, take your breath away kind of taste. I love that. This one is bland--very easy drinking but meh, just not much to it. Oh, well, I'll go back to the others and enjoy it all the more.

12th September 2017

so different. so complex.

Unlike any other scotch I have tasted. The nose is superb, and it piques your curiosity. The taste is extremely complex, and after two fingers, I'm still trying to decipher the range. Sweet and smooth. It's the panty dropper of scotch, to be sure. Gonna save for special occasions.

8th September 2017

Not smooth

Agree with earlier comments under "Bitterness". I feel like I can taste the bourbon a bit too much - it has a distinctive "bite". I had expected it to be smoother given the sherry cask finish. Also, I'm generally not a fan of lowlands and this one did nothing to convince me to change my opinion.

3rd May 2017

pretty good

seemed to taste better and open up as I got a bit further into the bottle, and I tasted a lot more of the fruit and vanilla flavours. Nice smoky finish.

20th April 2017

Masterful surprise

Sweet pears, fresh citrus, taffy, duck a l'orange, hints of dark chocolate, oak and leathery notes. Definitely a great dram for the cost.

8th April 2017

A beautiful scotch

A beautiful scotch. Normally drink Highlands, this had a much smoother finish. Will be definitely purchase again!

3rd April 2017


A light beginners drink, overly light and bodyless with an unpleasant finish.
I have no idea what some of the other reviewers have been tasting!

12th February 2017

The Best


19th January 2017

It grew on me

At first the honey was so overwhelming to me that I wasn't sure if i could get past it. But after spending some time with this whisky I've come to really enjoy it. The nose is honey, vanilla, brown sugar and oak. It's sweet as hell. The palate is surprisingly smokey, strong hint of oak, and honey in the nostrils as you exhale. It's sweet, bitter and salty. As an ex smoker and coffee drinker the finish is tar, smoke and oak and I love it. It's fairly reminiscent of a cigar in the mouth. It's a little bitter but after a glass of dull Macallan amber my god I'll take it. At rougly 60 to 70 dollars Canadian for a 750 ml, it's priced reasonably well for such a good tasting scotch.

20th December 2016


Not the smoothest of 12yr old scotches but it is relatively complex and interesting. Just enough there to make you want to try it again. It is a touch on the bitter side, but for some that is just fine.

18th September 2016

Surprisingly complex

There are a number of things going on here: A little fruity yet it has some dry woodiness. A touch of smokiness with a touch of sweetness. A little bitterness yet some sourness. Only issue is that is has a bit of an artificial note in the background (added colour?). All in all a good dram.

6th March 2016


I decided to taste this dram since I had some in the cupboard, but my tasting notes picked up very different things. It's definitely fruity on the nose, you also get a wiff of the bourbon, on the palates. I don't pick up the sweetness, but I get the zesty taste. There is a slight bitterness as well, on the finished it is definitely dry. Overall I loved the whisky and I would recommend it and buy it again. I still had the old bottle so I am not sure if the tasting notes are different in the new released one??

1st February 2016

smooth and interesting

this is a great whiskey. it is smooth enough to drink neat or with very little water. it is complex and interesting enough to pitch it against many of the so called better whiskies on here. this is one that I will definitely buy again. I am now keen to try the triplewood.

17th January 2016


Mediocre at best, pretty much the same profile as Speyburn 10 but at a higher price point. My original concern was that the sherry cask would be over done, as it turns out it was completely the opposite - completely lacking in any sherry notes. Yea so pretty much just your below average run of the mill scotch.

10th January 2016

Very smooth

Easy on the palate. Not harsh, no burn on the way down and no bad after taste.

28th December 2015

The Kingdom of Lowland

Lowland brilliance
A great whisky so quaffable one could sip it all day Everything a malt should be lightly smokey woody slightly sweet with a delicious aroma best under 21 years 15 is a good age 14-16 but 12 is okay young and lively Perfect Scotch!

22nd December 2015

Converted me to whiskey

As the only triple distilled Scotch left in the world this whiskey is my standard for all other. More delicate than smokey it compromises well and opens up wonderfully with a couple drops of water.

8th December 2015

Not bad

It is drinkable but not something I'd buy a bottle of.

17th April 2015

Lovely indeed

I had a dram of Auchentoshan 12 at my brother's Irish Pub this week. I was quite impressed. It had such a beautiful nose. I thought that it was light, sweet, floral, mellow and lovely. I will return to this one.

5th April 2015

nice but bland, boring, uninspired....

product description of mandarin, toffee and honeysuckle is correct, but they didn't add that it was flat mandarin, uninspiring toffee and plain honeysuckle. Not a bad dram by any means, just a damn boring one. Auchen is like a friend that you would invite over only when other friends are around.

10th March 2015


That was my thought when I opened the bottle and poured. When I read the product description of mandarin, toffee and honeysuckle it seemed right. Very smooth and full bodied - I sipped it with some dark chocolate and it was heaven. Wonderful value

24th February 2015

Not Bad at All

I have some unique tasting nuances and finances prohibit me from going well beyond this price point, but I received this bottle as a Christmas gift and I have to say that fruitiness of the dram and the sweet notes are well within my liking threshold. Simply stated, I am a humble ex-police officer and paramedic and the simple things in life enthrall me now and this whisky is certainly one I would not necessarily recommend to a whisky aficionado, but for me, very good choice.

28th December 2014

excellent value for price point

not as complex or refined as some of the more expensive single malt alternatives, but provides a smooth, balanced whiskey with notes or citrus, and caramel. Unique value proposition at the price point.

21st December 2014

Very close to a blend

If you enjoy the blends - Chivas and JW and looking to enter into the good side (single malts), start with this. My father has yet to like one Single Malt. But I poured him a dram of this a couple of months ago, and told him it was a new blend I found at the liquor store, and he actually liked it. After his second one, I told him it was a single. My cousin tried it too and thought I was giving him a taste of a very expensive scotch. Observations: A bit cognac-like, slightly sweet in the front - Brian does a good job expressing it below. very approachable. I recommend keeping a bottle on the shelf. Don't drink with water or ice, it gets rough. I like it from my cold fridge.

2nd May 2014


orange nose. orange and vanilla up front. grassy finish. very approachable for a scotch newbie like myself.
brian legere NC, USA

9th April 2014

Get On Elsewhere

Bloody awful. Save this one for the lassies you wish to impress. Wouldn't gie this tae a Campbell if he first footed to me but n ben. 1 Star cause its no a blend.

18th March 2014

Delightful smoky flavour

Ignore poor reviews. This is the one.

14th February 2014


Fruity, green apple nose. Very lovely. Good taste too. Some heat with some spice. A good dram that most overlook. Shame that these lowland whiskies are often avoided. This one is delightful.

10th February 2014

Canada Guy

Very impressive entrance. Tasting analytics will like the way it announces itself. The finsh was the longest by far of any scotch I've tasted, but unfortunately, highly astringent. Yes most won't mind the finish.

26th January 2014


Auchentosh 12 years is the best thing that come after the sliced bread.Moslino Montshioa,Soweto South Africa

20th January 2014


I buy a nice bottle of single malt at Christmas for my friends coming into town each year. I try to sample our way around all the regions of Scotland. I'm sorry to say this years selection, Auchentoshan, was the first time we've been disappointed. We all agreed it's a smooth scotch, but my enjoyment of single malt is the complexity with distinct beginnings, middles and long finishes. In my tasting, this scotch delivers a pleasing butterscotch flavor and then promptly quits.

At this price point (the same as the others I buy) I expected more.

6th January 2014

Rediscovered my love of whiskey with this one

Love the nose, vanilla, caramel and some citrus
The finish is smooth, almost but not quite sweet with no peat and a just a little smoke tiny bit of bite at the end.

My new favorite whiskey, prefer it neat, I found ice robbed some of the flavors from this one. This is a very mild single malt.

23rd December 2013

Top class

if it was possible to drink an angel she would taste like this !

19th December 2013

Triple distillation sets apart this 12 year

It's my favorite 12 year scotch; eminently drinkable in large quantities, which makes it dangerous to have around. The nose to me is smooth citrus, palate is light butterscotch, and the finish is dulcet while still coming through with a comfortable burn, which is important in a scotch of this kind.

8th December 2013

Fragrant, Palate lets down somewhat

Wonderful aroma of coconut, vanilla, orange. Palate doesn't match: light, oak and sour. But lots of breathing turns this to honey. Good, if average.

4th August 2013

Chill-filtered? Brown dye? 40%?

I'll give this a miss for the moment. x

4th July 2013

Maternity leave just got better

Me and my unborn of 7 months enjoyed this very much. Thanks.

20th April 2013

George - Auchentoshan 12

Like many Lowlanders, has a delicate and refined feel; a great one for those who like a less pungent malt or are just beginning to engage their curiosity. Representative of the house and indeed area style. Actually rather good as an aperitif. Nose: Light and bright, with a cereal sweetness and hints of pineapple and passion-fruit.Palate: Certainly continues the cereal sweetness - prevalent barley tones. Developing dryness and a woody vanilla. Finish: Of surprising length. Simple, dry and malty sweet.

18th April 2013

A nice lowland dram

The nose has a ton of fruit. It's almost hard to smell anything else. I get a bit of carmel and toffee aswell, but who can tell over the citrus! The taste is exactly like the nose indicates. Lots of fruit. Not oily and no grit in the mouth, very clean. Finishes with a nicer burn than expected, and grows a bit more complex at the very end. This scotch is just what I expected from a 12 year lowland. This won't bowl you over if you like peat, and it's not terribly strong. It is smooth, the triple distillation is easily noticed, and it is clean. This is fun dram. Not just for beginner, it's merits can appreciated by experienced palates as well.

25th January 2013

beautiful experience

OK as an american who has tasted just a few scotchs and quite a few bourbons I can say that since this is my first true single malt I was quite taken with Auchentoshan 12 year old. Nice honey color... beyond that since im no whiskey taster All I can say is that after today no more hillbilly swill for me. I have drank Chivas and Crown Royal and if you want a single malt that covers all the basics of taste and smell and color youve picked a great on in the Achentoshan 12 year old I found my thrill CHEERS

19th January 2013

Light and Simple

While not the most complex single malt it is still a quality drink. Light and sweet with a long finish; it maintains a Scottish character without an intense smoke. A good place to start if you're new to scotch. I personally feel that the alcohol comes out a little too strong and contrasts with it's flavors but others have said they find it very smooth.

29th December 2012


As good as it gets. Drank 6 bottles (with others) at a Scottish wake. We had the 27 year old and that is the 10 rating I have given it.
The only other I like better is from the Isle of Islay peat single malt. Then again they are different.

24th December 2012

Delivers as advertised

I'm not a jaded vet. I prefer Glenmorangie 10, Macallan 10 & 12. This is certainly in that wheelhouse. Very nice sip to my senses.

22nd December 2012

easy first malt

If youre new to the world of single malts you will likely be very happy with this one. Not too complex and very easy on the pallet. Lacks the bite and aftertaste of many others but very enjoyable all the same.

30th November 2012

Jmes Munro 1st class

As a highlander in exile this is one of my favourites

15th May 2012


Pretty dull this one. But then not a fan of light and citrusy whisky.

22nd April 2012

Lovely flavour

A nice smooth whisky.

22nd December 2011

Not my favourite!

This one gives not much to write home about!

10th September 2011

Must be nuts!

The nose is very sweet with a load of caramel, a whiff of nuts and a spoonful of honey. I like it. A lot!

The taste is sweet, but not overly so. Just a tad of lemon, but again loads of caramel and honey.

Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!

The finish is medium lenght, sweet and dry.

I like it a lot!

14th July 2011

good single malt

a nice dram with a great nose,smooth and although not the most complex it is all the better considering the price, great for those just getting into single malts.

11th March 2011

Mr A R Earl

I have enjoyed Auchentoshan's 12 year old single malt for a couple of years.
It is a refined sipping Whiskey to be savoured. Most enjoyed neat or with ice. What a decent well priced whiskey should taste like.
Having a nip or two now. Cheers

14th January 2011

excellent single malt

I found Auchentoschan only recently but now I hardly buy anything else. It is so smooth that you'd imagine mostly women would target the bottle to find the label. But all my guests have been doing that. Try it. You won't be disappointed.

23rd August 2010

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