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Auchentoshan
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Auchenstoshan Distillery
Region: Lowland
Location: Dalmuir
Owner: Morrison Bowmore Distillers
Founded: 1823[1]
Status: Operational
Water Source: Loch Cochno [2]
No. of Stills: 1 wash still[2]
1 middle still[2]
1 spirit still[2]
Capacity: 1,650,000 litres[2]
Auchentoshan Single Malt
Type: Single malt
Age(s): 12 Years
18 Years
21 Years
Cask Type(s): 80% refill
20% First fill sherry wood
ABV: 40% – 43%[3]
Auchentoshan Classic
Type: Single malt
Cask Type(s): Bourbon
ABV: 40%[3]
Three Wood
Type: Single Malt
Cask Type(s): American Bourbon with an Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez finish
ABV: 43%[3]

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[4] 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[5]. 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)[6]. This triple distillation, in addition to an unpeated malt[7], 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[8]. 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.[9]

The Mash Tuns
The copper pot stills
Barrels in Auchentoshan distillery

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Coordinates: 55°55′19″N 4°26′20″W / 55.922°N 4.439°W / 55.922; -4.439


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