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Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Auchentoshan 18 Year Old

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Auchentoshan 18 Bottling Note

Launched in 2008, this 18 year old bottling of triple distilled, Lowland single malt whisky boasts a superb richness for a core-range bottling and was aged in American oak casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rife with toasty oak and vanilla spice. Chocolate cake and a lovely grassiness, damp, yet drying. Crystallised ginger.

Palate: Toasty vanilla, dark nuttiness, chestnut perhaps and something zesty, softening slightly after a time.

Finish: A malty finish, with a little custard and fresh flowers.

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Auchentoshan 18 Year Old Reviews

Surprisingly good

Friends of mine treated me to a bottle of Auchentoshan 18 for my 50th & i absolutely love it !!
As with all my single malts i leave it in the glass for around 25 mins before drinking (Neat) & i find this malt opens up a treat.
It's smooth, well made & i get vanilla sweetness, fresh woody spice, a citrus note & something resembling pipe tobacco (Not peat)
I'd probably never purchased this myself as i usually stick to 12's like Bunna & Aberfeldy.
My other 50th treat bottle is Glendronach 21 & the Auchentoshan 18 gives me a fantastic duo of quality aged drams to enjoy.

22nd October 2019

Glad I purchased the 18!

I'm truly shocked at the negative reviews of this whisky. I've tried quite a few different brands of whisky but admit I'm not a connoisseur. I did know what I like and what I don't. I'm not big into heavy peated scotches. I like my scotch smooth with some backbone. 4 of us visited the distillery in September 2019 and all of us loved the 18. To each their own. I'll decibe definitely be purchasing another bottle.

Slainte mhath

5th October 2019

Very good 18 single malt.

Love it this is a really nice Scotch. share this with friends.

13th January 2019

Good, but not £80 good, but hey your taste buds might say different?

Its a good whisky, but not my favourite from Auchentoshan, I personally think the three wood is better and half the price. I can see why its described as zesty, if its put your feet up and slowly enjoy a whisky then three wood for me, if its with company then this is fine.

14th December 2018

Wouldn’t purchase again

Fairly disappointed - first time really when spending lots of $ on a special occasion whisky- my other experiences with Auchentoshan were positive so I am quite surprised.
Odd overtones- “green tea” IMHO doesn’t belong in a fine Scotch whiskey.

24th July 2018

have tasted better cheap blends

cant compete with other 18 year olds

2nd January 2018

underpowered, polite.

Got a sample. Enjoyable, honeyed, floral, toffee- the usual suspects. BUT not much length or character. The taste sensation is brief, with the 'hit' quickly fading, which i didn't expect. So a bit polite (as someone else said) and underpowered for me.

22nd December 2017


I'm not a big fan of peat, and although this shouldn't have any peat, it's there. Not a lot, but it's there. I much prefer the 21 and 12 with no detectable peat.

25th July 2016

Horses for courses

We all have different tastes. I am not a big "smoke head". I like a little but I prefer a Bunnahabhain or a Ledaig to the full-on Laphroaig. On the other hand, whilst I respect the Irish tradition of triple distillation, sometimes I think it robs a whisky of character.

I had put off trying the Auchentoshan because of mixed reviews but then I spotted a miniature of the 18 so I put my toe in the water and enjoyed it. I like Glenkinchie 15. It is very civilised, like Edinburgh. This seemed a step up in terms of quality with big chewy mouth-feel, lots of toffee and more spice than I expected. So I took the plunge and bought a whole bottle.

My first reaction is one of slight disappointment. I agree that there is a hint of old walking sock. I can't make up my mind whether that's comforting or disturbing. The vanilla/fudge/toffee/honey/malt is definitely the dominant flavour and there are days when that is exactly what I want. There are moments though when it reminds me of the Penderyn Aur Cymru and I am not even sure if that should be called whisky.

I'll keep it and enjoy it from time to time but I doubt I'll buy another.

22nd December 2015


Perfectly pleasant but a bit polite all around...there's spice...fruit...a deep vanillaesque finish....but for an 18 year old whisky I would expect more...and there's little wood...wood is what makes a more mature enjoy but don't expect it to change your life

24th October 2014

Delay recommended.

It's fairly common that if you open a bottle of whisky and have a few drams then leave it to rest for a month or two you will come back to a better dram. This whisky proves the point more than most, a decent whisky at the start turned into a great whisky after a time. The oak vinegar dispels and the spirit opens with a balanced harmony of light spice, fruitiness, and hazelnut and almond dryness. I do admit bias, after my first bottle of the 18 I'll have to drive a whole 3 miles to get my next one from the distillery shop. It took me 25 years to make the trip, silly me.

14th September 2014

Not a Review

Not a review, but disappointed that it is only 43%. Would have liked to see a bit higher, around 46% or 48%.

10th February 2014


Got a miniature and bought a friend a bottle for his birthday but wished I'd bought myself one too. The new Jura Elixir is the closest thing I've tasted.

6th March 2012

Grown Up Lowlander

This expression is very oily and is glued to the glass with it's nice and round golden sheen. The tears come down after a good while, promising good things to come. It's like looking at the body of a shapely woman.

The nose is grand: fruity with honey, vanilla, almonds and a bit of tobacco leaves and green tea. After a while, add banana and a tad of spice (nutmeg). Wonderful.

The first sip is fresh, clean and flowery, with honey, ginger and sweet barley. Feisty and yet reserved. A lot less playful than the 12 Year Old (which remains my favorite). This one is truly a grown up lowland. Respect!

The finish is rather long with nuts, raisins and dry oak. This is pure enjoyment. It makes a man (or me at least) happy.

This is a nice, well balanced dram with a lot of character and a great example of good Lowland whisky in general and a grand Auchentoshan in particular.

Mark Dermul - A Toshan Man!

14th July 2011

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