Review #35 | /r/Scotch Review #13 – Auchentoshan Three Wood
The Schtick: This is matured in ex-bourbon and finished in a variety of different casks.
ABV: 43% ABV
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
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.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists