|Owner:||Morrison Bowmore Distillers|
|Water Source:||Loch Cochno |
|No. of Stills:||1 wash still
1 middle still
1 spirit still
|Auchentoshan Single Malt|
|Cask Type(s):||80% refill
20% First fill sherry wood
|ABV:||40% – 43%|
|Cask Type(s):||American Bourbon with an Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez finish|
Auchentoshan Distillery is a Single Malt whisky distillery in the west of Scotland. It is one of only three remaining distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands along with Bladnoch and Glenkinchie. The distillery is situated on the outskirts of Clydebank in Dumbartonshire.
Unusually for a Scottish distillery, Auchentoshan practices triple distillation. Generally the final stage of Scotch whisky production involves distilling the fermented mash in two copper stills. In Auchentoshan, a third still gives a final spirit strength of 82% ABV (164 proof). This triple distillation, in addition to an unpeated malt, gives Auchentoshan a more delicate flavour than many Scotch Whiskies. Maturation is in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts.
Special bottlings are released periodically, including the oldest, a 50 year old Auchentoshan distilled in 1957 and released in 2008. The distillery has a visitor centre and conference facilities, both completed in 2005, and is open to the public for tours.
Auchentoshan offerings have performed extraordinarily well at international spirit ratings competitions. Its 16- and 18- year scotches received double gold medals, for instance, at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.