Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted, optic barley that is gently kilned and completely unpeated. Once the barley has been malted, it is milled and mashed before being fermented in wooden washbacks made from Oregon Pine. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they retain a portion of the heat produced during fermentation, and ultimately produce a lighter and slightly sweeter whisky.
Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled through Auchentoshan's copper pot stills. While Scotch whisky is traditionally distilled twice, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch is distilled three times: first through a wash still, then through an intermediate still, and finally, through a spirit still. This extra distillation step — no other major Scotch distillery uses an intermediate still — produces a purer and more refined spirit that dramatically affects the character of the whisky produced.
Following distillation, Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in three different types of casks: casks that were previously used to mature bourbon, casks that were previously used to mature Spanish Oloroso Sherry and casks that were previously used to mature Pedro Ximenez Sherry.
This triple maturation process imparts a distinctive flavor profile to the whisky — its aroma of oak and spices is balanced by touches of brown sugar, oranges plums and raisins. In addition, notes of hazelnut and cinnamon are accented by touches of maple syrup, caramel and butterscotch on the palate, and lead to a slightly sweet, fruity finish.