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Finally… a single-malt beefy enough to stand up to oak on its own stills, and Auchentoshan Virgin Wood wins.
Antique records from the year 1800 mention an illegal Duntocher distillery, which may have been a predecessor to the legal Auchentoshan distillery. A license for distillation was obtained in 1823. It is the only Scottish distillery left employing a true full-time third distillation. This makes for a sweeter and more delicate Scotch, which is unique. The Distillery is located near Glasgow (that's why it's also known as Glasgow's Malt Whisky) in the Lowland region of Scotland.
There will be no roommates for this dram. Auchentoshan Virgin Oak absolutely refuses to share it’s barrels with any other spirit—this means no ex-Bourbon or Sherry casks, and no high-faloot’in fancy-pants wine barrels either. This Lowland single-malt spends all of its days in brand new charred oak. Sure, there are a few other Scotch Whiskies experimenting with new casks, but remember that Auchentoshan is the only distillery in Scotland that triple-distills it’s spirit, so that lovely malty goodness enters the barrel at 162 proof (yep … that’s 81% ABV), and that makes a difference here.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Auchentoshan Virgin Oak and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.