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Auchentoshan Three Wood

(70cl, 43%)

Auchentoshan Three Wood

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Bottling Note

A Lowland single malt matured in 3 different casks, namely: Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry casks. A distinctive triple distilled whisky from Auchentoshan.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Auchentoshan Three Wood Reviews

A smoky bourbon from Glasgow

I’d describe it as a smoky bourbon, but with a lingering finish. The sherry casks come through with a sweetness that doesn’t take away from the fact that you’re drinking a single malt scotch.

24th November 2020

Smooth scotch that everyone loves!

As smooth as a 25 yo scotch, plus some nice soft flavors of vanilla and hazelnut. Worth every penny!

23rd October 2020

Wood you?

This is nice but as in the name it is quite Oakey. Did get the sweetness and slightly bitter aftertaste. Good as an unaged statement, for drinking not keeping!

30th September 2020

Absolutely my favourite whisky

Ever since I told the people behind the bar at the Edinburgh Whiskey Museum that I wanted something sweet and toffee-like and they poured me a snifter of this, I have been in love. Smooth, deep and sweet. What else can I say?

26th July 2020


Oh my goodness. I was so into peaty rich single malts until I had tried this. I have completely moved away from those deep, dark peats since I supped Three Wood.
Smoothe, elegant, enticing. Your first sip and you completely forget what you thought what was essential in a whisky.
As a woman who loves character, this is it for me.

18th June 2020

Bang for your buck.

Another of my favourite best-for-your-money Scotch. Goes head-to-head with whisky 2-3 times the price for complexity and flavour. The deep and decadent notes throughout are smooth and delicious.

27th April 2020

Amazing experience

Amazing experience with pronounced flavor

19th October 2019

A whisky well worth your attention

An excellent whisky, especially at the price point, which is both smooth, very drinkable, and also nicely complex. For it's price point as good as you will likely find.

28th July 2019

Very nice, good value

A really nice whisky with sherry flavour coming through, a little sweetness, wood and spice. Long finish. I managed to get hold of a bottle discounted to £27 - great value especially since it's bottled at 43%. This is my first bottle from the distillery and I will try more from their range in future.

18th July 2019

As good as it gets

A little sweet without being cloying; a little oaky without tasting charred; a trace of smoke without oily iodine. The best single-malt at its price point, by far. I nearly overlooked it because it doesn't have an "Age Statement" and younger vintages are usually a little harsh. But make no mistake, this is the finest non-Age Stated Scotch I've ever tasted, and I'll be back for more.

20th February 2019

Lovely scotch

Good taste lots of yum in this Scotch.

13th January 2019

Good stuff

Very nice wonderful taste

30th December 2018

better than a lot of others for £35.

Nice 😀
A little woody, a little oily rich, it has a nice lingering flavour, a bit of sweetness with the lingering flavour.

14th December 2018


Trying it in last years advent calendar. One of the favorites for sure.

8th December 2018

Surely this is Bourbon in Scotch livery?

Auchentoshan Three Wood is a very confused malt whisky. To me it tastes like a very good Bourbon whisky. If it was a Bourbon it would be hailed rather highly across the board. As it’s a lowland scotch it’s a bit disjointed. Very strange. Anyway, just sipping on it, forgetting what it is and where it’s from, it’s a damn fine whisky. Loads of fruit and toffee notes, with a beautiful balanced finish.

Like Bourbon? Go for it and don’t let the mixed reviews put you off.

However, with the above said, it’s not worth £46 a bottle. I purchase for much less than that. £30-£35 is about spot on.

28th August 2018

Delicious and unusual

An unusual Scotch which might not be for everyone, but drinks like a smooth Irish whiskey yet made with some smokiness... sweet, approachable, and a good all-around tasty scotch. The second-hand sherry casks are the key, much like Irish whiskeys (e.g., Bushmills 16 / 21)... Oloroso casks in particular give an amazing richness of flavor (as with Bushmills 21). Some purists might call this "heresy" but I say it's very much worth a try!

25th August 2018

Lovely Dram

Very nice!!!Full of flavour and nice dark body to it.Excellent value and very nice to sip and savour.A real quality dram this one!!!😎

20th May 2018


It gave me a woody

13th May 2018

Nice, smooth barrel taste and smokey draft.

The best with a fine cigar!

13th February 2018

Smooth sailing

Delicious from the first .

7th February 2018

Auchentoshan fantastic

A must try fantastic dram of woodland and dark Berries all nicely balanced

25th December 2017

Not good

Really disappointing, no balance and sadly an unpleasant taste all around.
Seems to be trying to hard to be a big bruising whisky it never should or can be.

5th November 2017

Minty and oxidised

I bought a bottle of this whisky in February. I thought it was an ok, whisky I probably would have given it 3 stars. However I had a glass last night (the bottle is still over halfway full and has been stored in my drinks cabinet) and it was very heavily oxidised almost like drinking sherry (not in a good way). I am going to have to pour the bottle away. None of the other whiskys I bought at the same time have this issue so it comes to reason that this is a problem with this bottle. Very disappointing.

Mike W

15th September 2017

Good taste but horrible finish

I liked the taste but then I swallowed my it. The finish on this is like drinking rubbing alcohol. I was not impressed and would not drink this again.

1st August 2017

NOT one I will try again!

NOSE: alcohol, bourbon bite, took a looong time to develop, vanilla, citrus, hint of black plum, burnt brown sugar, little smoke.
TASTE: Bourbon bite (not nice), honey, oakey, very little peat or smoke.
FINISH: Long, oily, way too much bourbon-like.

2nd July 2017

One of my favorites

One of my favorites.
If you love sherry cask matured whisky, this is for you. Easy to drink and not very challenging.

18th June 2017

poor alcohol taste nothing common with 3 wood

this whisky is a big misunderstanding.... nothing common with good whisky, triple wood is just a trick to buy it...taste is very week, barely noticeable...mostly like alcohol or poor quality moonshine, I've no idea how the others taste it and superstitionised it but i find it either very bad or someone release bad batch on the marked

12th April 2017

Whiff of smoke??

Does anyone else get a whiff of smoke from this? I know the distillery does not use peat but I always get just the slightest hint of smoke on the finish. Strange. Love it.

7th March 2017

At Last!

This was recommended to me by a bartender during a discussion regarding the more popular Scotches. I tried it and I'm hooked. Only wish it was stocked everywhere.

18th August 2016

Give your whisky stones a nice bath!

I had tried the basic 12yr offering from Auchentoshan and was intrigued by the flavour profile of such an affordable scotch. The Three Wood offers a similar profile, but with far greater complexity and richness. As a fan of The Balvenie Doublewood, I highly recommend Auchentoshan Three Wood.

12th August 2016

Giving this distillery a second chance

So today is my birthday and I have received many whiskys that I will be reviewing in the next couple days.I had a few of my friends over for a scotch tasting last night and since this was voted the worst it was the first one I wanted to try the next day because of how highly reviewed it is (I havetried the 12 year but wasn't too impressed by it) I thought maybe it was because we had about 20 different single malts to try and our pallets were muttled. So here we go with the review:beautiful color nice and dark smells like bourbon and sherry, tastes like cherries, dark chocolate,quite oaky but theres quite a bit of alcohol taste which is the same problem I had with the 12 year but this is definitely better not quite as harsh . Don't know if I would buy this again but it's certainly worth trying glad I got it as a gift though.Also got the american oak so I will be reviewing that as well. Cheers the Sugarbear

8th May 2016

Best Tasting Scotch (for non peaters)

I like smoky peat flavors sometimes but Auchentoshan 3 wood is the best Scotch I have ever tried for the taste. Rich, sweet, smooth, complex. Toffee, dark fruits, nice wood flavors very refined. Best of the best taste wise. Others, especially Islays may deliver a bigger punch with more warmth and stronger buzz. But for straight up refined taste (with no peat that is) this is absolutely my favorite and you would have to pay MUCH more to top this. I pay around $60 give or take, wish I could find for ~$15 less so I could drink it more.

Don't get me wrong this gives you a nice buzz, but maybe it's the triple distillation it just doesn't hit me like Laphroig 10 year. The Auchentoshan Three Wood (ATW) is 12 year I believe (10 years in bourbon casks, then 1 each in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks). Absolute perfection for the price, still should be a bit less, as ALL these malts should be. It's Criminal that poor people can't drink them when they need them the most.

12th March 2016

Love Child Kudos

I wish there was a way to give stars to reviews. I would give "Love Child" 5 stars for sure. That said, this is a very interesting whisky, though I will never be able to think of it the same way . . .

6th January 2016

Love child

It's basically like Macallan 18 and Oban 14 had sweaty Scotch sex on a field of heather, and then 12 years later their beautiful love child was born, swam across the ocean and climbed into my mouth. Yum.

31st December 2015


Not impressive. I would like more complexity.

25th October 2015

"Like an angel is pissing on your tongue"

I really love this whisky. as an Dutch saying: "It's like an angel is pissing on your tongue" I know that's sounds strange.

This whisky is lovely, especially in combination with the balmoral 18 year old Rothschild cigar I'am smoking right now.

12th August 2015

Interesting, but not high on my list.

I'm not big on some of the obscure tasting notes, like 'white flowers' and 'meadow dew' etc.. Simple flavors like raisin, cherry, vanilla, and the mellow fruits of sherry and port casks are good. Peat, smoke, and minerals are also fairly obvious. Skipping all those, it is time to invent a few woody terms of my own for the Three Wood because that is its character. My terms are 'burnt matchstick' and 'chewing on a #2 pencil'. I'm not saying those are bad, but I think the wood overruns what should be an incredible Lowland malt. I will keep a bottle in the collection, but it will take a special mood for me to pour a dram.

25th June 2015


This is orgasmic whiskey

20th June 2015

I love this whiskey

Bought a bottle at duty free in Scotland and brought it home. Now buying it in Miami. To me, it tastes like liquid caramel. Perfect with the cigar I am smoking now!

10th June 2015


Smooth taste. The ladies love.

5th June 2015

Top Toshan

This is the dogs danglies. Christmas pudding with brandy sauce in whisky form. Simply one of the best NAS bottlings on the market.

21st May 2015

john reilly

Exquisite, did not expect this flavour, now one of my favouritesThe taste stays with you.

16th May 2015

Quite good

This is a scotch that doesn't have a lot of surprises, it is more complex than the 12 year, but it doesn't quite have that special quality that would make me want to go out and buy a bottle. Certainly an enjoyable scotch to try.

17th April 2015

Knock On Wood

Has a rum like smell, nail polish remover, thick chocolate ganash, sherry, green apples, blackberry, toffee. Smooth on palate, no real after burn. Nice bottle.

28th February 2015

I love it

In my Opinion it is very similar to Bushmills 16 Three Wood. But I tried both and like the Auchentoshan much more. The sweetness and hints of cinnamon, the lemon and the deep sherry are a very very very interesting combination. Im lucky to have this bottle in my house

20th February 2015

The taste of autumn

The first thing that appealed to me in this Auchentoshan was it's dark, mahogany-like color. Beautiful. Swirling this drink around with my nose in the glass, I sensed lots of subtle wood tones, cloaked with sweetness coming from the fruits. Swirling this drink around my mouth, the drying sherry flavour reveals itself. It's elegant, it's rich. After all this, the finish stays pretty long and is ever so drying. Auchentoshan produced a great whisky!

1st February 2015

Agressive Deliciousness

This whisky has no windup and no introduction. It comes right out with toffee and chocolate and coffee. Just wonderful!

21st December 2014

Winter Warmer

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

Wonderful find in the Advent calendar 8th December

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.

9th December 2014

Auchentoshan Three Wood

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.

9th December 2014

Complex rich and elegant

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.

9th December 2014

A favourite for a lifetime

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

Gave me triple Wood!

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.

14th November 2014



10th November 2014

Something new

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

Something new

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

very good!


3rd October 2014

Not for me

Sorry, but it tasted a bit like Tizer.

17th September 2014

Enhanced Classic

its ok

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

Off the Mark

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

A Great Find

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

Slainthe Mhath

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

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

Awesome smoky goodness!

Next to Yamazaki this is my favorite whiskey so far!

26th October 2013

Fantastic value

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

@ A cold afternoon in Edinburgh

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

A cold afternoon in Edinburgh

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

Great value

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

My Favorite so far

After tasting this I could not drink anything less.

21st December 2012

Smells great

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

warm and smooth

a fine whisky, discovered by chance and will definitely buy again

8th November 2011

Triple Cask Magic

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

re MoM review

"notes of Bas Armagnac distilled circa 1940." ?? Somebody was allowed to get carried away.

7th July 2011

You can almost eat it!

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

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