Auchentoshan Virgin Oak
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Lowland
  • Distillery Auchentoshan
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
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  • oak
  • green apple
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • spicy
  • kiwi
  • ginger
  • pine
  • malt

Auchentoshan

Virgin Oak (0.75l, 46%)
Price $145.99

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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. 

 
Re-using casks that have been used to age other beverages is sometimes called “seasoning” the casks because not only does a hint of the previous resident remain in the barrel to flavor the new stuff, but the esters and vanillin in the wood (the stuff we are trying to get at) are loosened up a bit. Well, that unusually high ABV is mighty powerfully stuff that jumps into the casks saying, “Seasoned barrels? We don’t need no seasoned barrels!” That sweet, powerful spirit gets down into the grain of that new wood better than most and releases all of that wonderful, mysterious oak-tree-magic that we all love, and gives Auchentoshan Virgin Wood more than a leg up on the competition. 
 
By the way … Auchentoshan Virgin Wood is a limited edition that they have been tinkering around with since the turn of the century. Once it’s gone for the year, that’s it. 

SmartAss Corner
Triple distillation is not the only unique process practiced at Auchentoshan. The vast majority of distillers ferment their malt in large, stainless steel tanks. Using steel tanks during this step makes the process predictable and consistent, so no worries. At Auchentoshan they ferment in smaller, Oregon pine tanks which require constant attention and yield a slightly different character with each batch. 


  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Lowland
  • Distillery Auchentoshan
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Classic amber 
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Creme’ Brûlée, vanilla, and… is that a hint of apple and ginger? 
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla and cinnamon, with butterscotch and a bit of tart fruit… kiwi and green apple. 
 
Finish 
Clean, sweet, and light with a bit of spice when next you inhale. 
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  • oak
  • green apple
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • spicy
  • kiwi
  • ginger
  • pine
  • malt
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Auchentoshan uses three-part distillation process that is pretty rare in the world of Scotch Whiskies. Also, each still is a little different, so they have three stills -- an odd number of stills is rare too.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Auchentoshan uses three-part distillation process that is pretty rare in the world of Scotch Whiskies. Also, each still is a little different, so they have three stills -- an odd number of stills is rare too.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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