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Auchentoshan Springwood

Distillery: Auchentoshan
Name: Springwood
Region: Lowland
Age: NAS
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 5cl
Price: £43 (for 100cl)
Nose: Citrus, vanilla, white chocolate, oak
Taste: Citrus, light, smooth, slight sweetness, oaky dryness
Finish: Medium, light, oaky
Rating: 5/10

The Auchentoshan Springwood is ‘Exclusively for the Global Traveller’ so they say, but I have seen it available online. I found the nose very unusual, it was light and very citrusy with hints of vanilla, which is pretty much the official tasting notes. In addition to this however there is just a whiff of white chocolate when nosed from a distance which then works it’s way into an oakyness.

The initial palate is almost identical to the nose with the light citrus tones and oak. It is super smooth with a slight sweetness, but not of vanilla or white chocolate as is on the nose. There is also a dryness to the palate from the oak which does deteriorate so is not really present on the finish. The oak however is present and seems to intensify.

Certainly different to the other Auchentoshan I have tried from the range, not my favourite of them but still an interesting dram. It has a light and refreshing aspect that is given some more powerful notes from the oak.

I would like to thank @WhiskyDiscovery for the sample, it was much appreciated.

Monthly Meetup 1 – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Distillery: Auchentoshan
Name: Three Wood
Region: Lowland
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £38
Nose: Dark fruits, sherry, sweet, rich
Taste: Smooth, dark fruits, sherry, chewy
Finish: Long, oaky, spicy, dry
Rating: 7/10

The Auchentoshan (ock-un-tosh-un) Three Wood has been matured in Bourbon casks, Pedro Ximenez sherry and Oloroso sherry casks, this gives a wonderful rich colour and aroma.

It has a deep rich nose with lots of dark fruits coming through, with some sherry notes present also, and a slight sweetness that goes with the two. All of these qualities follow onto the palate with a lovely smoothness, the rich flavours lingering for a nice lengthy period. It is a dram that you work around your month as well, it really coats the whole thing and therefore spreading the flavour, intensifying it, beautiful. The finish is as I have said long, but also with an oakiness giving it some lovely spice and just a little dryness, not too much though. At 43% abv it does not have any real alcohol burn to it, so does not really require the addition of water in my opinion, but could probably take it fairly well given it’s body, it you wish to add some.

Bladnoch 19 Year Old Sherry Cask

Distillery: Bladnoch
Region: Lowland
Age: 19
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 55%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Amber
Nose: Light but complex
Taste: Light, sweet and well rounded
Finish: Short but warm
Rating: 8/10
Bladnoch 19yo Sherry Cask

Judging by the colour and taste this is a bourbon casking that has been finished in a sherry cask. As a result it is still quite light, in colour, nose and taste, but it has picked that little extra flavour up from the sherry cask. At 55% it is quite strong but it does carry it well, not overpowering the flavour with the alcoholic volume. The addition of water does open it up however, making it easier to pick out the flavours.

I believe the 19 year old has now been replaced by the 20 year old, which I have yet to try. At £50 which this bottle cost I would say that it is worth the money. I called in at the distillery when I picked this bottle up, the distillery being the most southerly one in Scotland, and they were kind enough to allow me to sample a few from their range. From memory they were all nice, easy drink whiskies that I tried and I would be tempted to add another Bladnoch to my collection.