Auchentoshan 12 year old
How can you tell if an Irishman has been living in the UK for a long time? An Anglo-inflection in his speech? An improved sense of style? Believing a vote for the Tories is a vote for hard-working families? No. You know because he’ll order a pint at lunchtime.
In the UK, a pint at midday isn’t an act of recklessness abandon. You don’t see that in Ireland. The Irish have two gears when it comes it drinking: stop and go. The British aren’t so boom and bust. We keep the base levels of toxicity up by tippling away all week, then at the weekend just drink a bit more.
So, what happens when you mix Scottish whisky with Irish whiskey? This is the approach at the Auchentoshan distillery, which is located at the foot of the Kilpatrick hills on the outskirts of Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire near the Erskine Bridge. It is one of six malt whisky distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands and the only one to use triple distillation.
Auchentoshan is the only distillery in Scotland that uses the traditional Irish practice of triple distillation for its single malt. Generally the final stage of Scotch whisky production involves distilling the fermented mash in two copper stills. In Auchentoshan, a third still, the Intermediate Still, helps to give a final spirit strength of 81% ABV. This triple distillation, in addition to using an unpeated malt, gives Auchentoshan a more delicate and sweet flavour than many Scottish whiskies.
Nose: Like using Flash Clean & Shine Crisp Lemons spray and pressing your nose to your glass coffee table
Mouth: Smooth with caramel notes, like the Werther's Original you found under the couch.
Throat: Flat, but with some hissing smokiness, like flicking water onto the bottom of an iron to check if it’s still hot.
The Auchentoshan website says: ‘when you taste our new spirit, strong notes of fruit and citrus are revealed because we have distilled away all the impurities in the liquid.’ We are worried they might have been a bit over jealous and distilled most of the flavour away.
2/5 – Let someone else buy you a measure and you can cook with it, maybe you can even add it to the food.