Did you know about the special distillery process of the Scottish Auchentoshan distillery in the Lowlands? Here we have a distillery, which is located near to a big town and feels connected to the history and the life of Glasgow. As they say “forged in the fires of The Industrial Revolution” they have a special traditional process to produce their Single Malts.
Read about Auchentoshan today and taste one of their wonderful and most well-known Whiskys.
Smooth, gutsy, approachable and deep at the same time – Auchentoshan Three Wood is one of their master pieces.
It starts at the production of the “beer”, which is brewed from a special treated, non-peated malt. Important are the evenly milled starch grits, which support the transformation of the starch into sugars during mashing at 63,5°C.
Auchentoshan, established in 1823, doesn’t count on the consistency by using stainless steel washbacks, they use instead Oregon pine washbacks, which requires a lot of experience by the distillers afterwards, to guarantee the constant results. But they also give the “beer” a special own character.
After that follows the distillation process in onion shaped pot stills, which takes the beer from 8% up to 81% of alcohol. Double distillation is taking only to about 70%…
By this process, all the impurities in the spirit are eliminated and so the notes of the wooden casks during the maturing period will come through much more intensely.
And of course this also takes more time, more energy and is more expensive.
But taste the result! This is a good example, how master distillers in Scotland are making the difference and why we are ready to pay a bit more for their high-quality products.
After distillation, the pure spirit is matured in different wooden casks, which are carefully selected to take color and flavor to the finished whisky. It requires effort and experience to balance the unique flavors each cask imparts.
In case of the Three Wood, three different wooden casks are selected. First of all, the spirit is matured 10 years in Ex-Bourbon barrels. After that it is filled about 18 months in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, a sherry, which is mainly woody, truffle, leathery. And finally, it is stored almost another year in Sherry casks Pedro Ximenez, which is a sweet, fruity and heavy Sherry.
Finally the result is a great full flavored Single Malt, smooth, delicate,… perfect for a nice sip with your friends after a long day´s work.
Try this great bottle from the traditional town brewery between Glasgow and the Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking the famous River Clyde.