Auchentoshan Three Wood Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Auchentoshan Three Wood

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  • Distiller:

    Auchentoshan

  • Bottler:

    Auchentoshan

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Not that bad, it started pretty well, but the end was pretty miserable.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The flavor profile shows toffee, campfire smoke and a mouthwatering butterscotch note on the exhale. It almost reads like a peated Bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: There’s a bit, but less, sherry character here than I’d have thought, which is kind of unfortunate since sherry finishes always intrigue me. Still, an admirable whisky that most Scotch aficionados will enjoy.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Pedro Ximenez cask aging tends to lend a sticky sweet note to whisky and this is no exception.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The jury’s still out for me. I like the flavors and it’s a bit different than a usual whiskey of its type.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Palate:  A very nice candied sweetness and some orange.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: The finish is quite long, with malt, oak, and dark chocolate.
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  • Intro:

    This is matured in ex-bourbon and finished in a variety of different casks.

  • Nose:

    Massive fruity sherry blast. Really reminds me of a more subdued Macallan 12, the raisins, plums, dark fruit and sugary sweetness are all there. A bit of cream too.

  • Taste:

    It's delicious and well blended - although there's a lot of fruit it doesn't seem overpowering. There's a lot of brown sugar as well. I get a funky note near the end though, much like charred wood and a hint of burnt rubber which I think is really, really odd. It seems out of place, but it doesn't remind me of other smokey characteristics from some other drams I've tried. Hmm.

  • Finish:

    Nice and long, smooth and sweet. The wood/rubber note is back though and it quickly overpowers the sweet fruit. I don't hate it though, it fits a little better into the mix here than on the tongue.

  • Overall:

    The jury's still out for me. I like the flavors and it's a bit different than a usual whiskey of its type. I still (burn me at the stake, whatever) prefer Macallan 12 and Glendronach 12 but this was far from a bad dram.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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