Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Distiller: Auchentoshan Distillery
Just over two years ago, I reviewed Auchentoshan Classic, the entry-level whisky from the namesake, Lowlands distillery. It scored very well by my standards, despite my concern over its triple-distillation and my inexperience with whiskies south of the Highlands.
Next on my agenda is Auchentoshan American Oak, another triple-distilled Scotch, this time matured in North American, first-fill oak casks.
The first thing I notice on the nose are floral notes – like, actual flowers. And peaches. This is what makes Lowlands Scotch whisky so unique – its single malts are so light and delicate (and can be underwhelming to some), but I find it very refreshing. Auchentoshan American Oak continues with malty/toasted oak. There’s nothing about the nose on this whisky that pushes away. Rather, it invites you in with every inhale.
The taste is another story. This is another whisky that is far more satisfying to nose than to taste; a disappointment for sure. Auchentoshan American Oak is fruity (peaches), as mentioned previously, but also bitter and flat. Frankly, it’s off-putting.
This whisky ends with generous malt on the finish, and a pleasantly peachy aftertaste.
Rating & Recommendations
Overall, Auchentoshan American Oak earns a rating of 79 out of 100.
This is an exercise in Lowlands Scotch quality, showing promise but lacking character where it really counts – the taste. I still enjoy sampling Auchentoshan’s portfolio, and this will certainly not deter me from trying their other whiskies.