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Auchentoshan Three Wood

This expression is a bit of an outlier for a lowland whisky.  Complex, delicious and pretty robust, this is not "breakfast" whisky.  The nose has rich dark fruits, cocoa and the sherry influence is obvious (the "three woods" are sherry, bourbon and port casks).  The taste has trademark triple distilled smoothness, but is also very chewy and rich for a lowland.  Some dark chocolate and fruit notes come through (port wood influence I suspect) and a floral note that carries into finish that also has berries and dry sherry before oak makes an appearance right at the end.  While many whiskies with multiple cask finishes can come across as gimmicky, this one really works.  Great stuff and if you only had one lowland whisky to drink for rest of your life you could do a lot worse than this one (at least until Glengoyne finally accept the facts of geography and brand themselves as a lowland malt).

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  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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