Auchentoshan Heartwood

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
New Label
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
05 Oct 2017 12:16 pm by BeatF

Average value

€ 42.14

3 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

249 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan Heartwood

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.56 points

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    In my opinion this malt is slightly underrated on Whiskybase. Of course it does everything to make the hardcore whisky fan cringe: It's NAS, it's excessively coloured and chillfiltered. Thank god it's at least bottled at 43% - any less and it would lose any substance. Being presented like this is a shame, because the juice in itself is very fine. The interplay between sherry notes, bitter wood spices and the fruity character of the distillate really works, and the notes of blood orange marmalade, grapes and chocolate are quite marvelous. At less than 40€ for a litre bottle the price is fair too. Don't hesitate to try this if you are looking for a good soft sherried unpretentious everyday dram (but keep an alternative with more oomph ready) and a good session starter.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    In a nutshell, he fails. A pleasant, sweet nose, a mouthfeel that is too bitter and, above all, absolutely watery. Actually rather irrelevant.

  3. Caballa scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Distilled three times, like all Auchentoshan whiskys, it is smooth and easy to drink, in which the fruity and honeyed notes stand out.
    • Nose
      Light with the classic vanilla and honey notes of bourbon barrels accompanied by citrus and dried fruit notes
    • Taste
      Easy on the palate, citrus peels and notes of almonds and hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Spices, sour and oak wood.
      Medium long.

  4. VanOpek scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    It's the older brother of Auchentoshan Springwood. Aged in ex-bourbon casks (barrel and hogshead) and ex-sherry olorosso casks.
    • Nose
      80 80
      fruity, citric, volatile, sweet, honey, floral, intense, apple, pear, spicy, dried fruits, complex and pleasant
    • Taste
      78 78
      very sweet and intense, pepper, spices, vanilla and caramel, oak, herbs, hints of citrus, dried fruits, smooth and pleasant
    • Finish
      79 79
      oak, herbs, dry with sweet hints, coffee hints, charred oak, smooth and pleasant, long, rather simple

  5. jvanopstal scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky
    • Nose
      Lime, oranges, chocolate and caramel
    • Taste
      A bit sweet and nutty with raisins and some caramel
    • Finish
      Short to medium long and a bit warming with again chocolate and some spices

  6. Dris scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      65 65

  7. Myke scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In the nose hints of sherry clearly recognizable, even if nothing dominates here - everything is well integrated.
    The taste is first gentle, then strong on the tongue, turns into a tart note (dark chocolate).
    At the moment a liter for around 35 euros - you can't complain about that.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky --- but do I need a (second) bottle?], But for the PLV: 83/100
    • Nose
      sweet, dark fruits, with a dash of acidity (strawberries / plums not yet fully ripe).
      Raisins and some marzipan are added. Spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are only in the background and develop over time.
      Light oak note.
    • Taste
      soft start, which is then a little stronger (peppery). Sweetness and fruit are there in the same way, but are then slowly displaced by the spices.
      It tips over into a slightly tart note (dark men's chocolate / espresso), but is still far from bitterness.
      Second sip: it becomes more viscous, creamier, "darker". Third sip: something nutty (macadamia / hazelnuts) emerge.
    • Finish
      the spices / oak seasoning and the tart note remain in the mouth for a long time. It gets a little drier.

  8. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior


    Inexpensive, well-made malt with a clear sherry note.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, sweet sherry and some coffee.
    • Taste
      At first sweet, then more and more fruity. Very mild and pleasant.
    • Finish
      Dry and fruity. Somewhat spicy oak at the end.

  9. yfalkov scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Surprisingly for a young NAS it must breathe at least 10 minutes
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lots of nuts, leather, on the second nose - flowers
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet, spicy
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium, sweet, dried fruits

  10. Squinugie scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78


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