Auchentoshan Three Wood

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Bourbon, Finish in Oloroso & PX Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
New Design
Bottle code
L9254SB32264 222
nl Netherlands
Added on
02 nov 2019 9:27 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 49.31

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Whisky reviews for Auchentoshan Three Wood

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.91 points.

  1. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Way, way dark let than my previous batches. Dark and rich. Enjoyable but single-minded. Also, the sherry is overpowering the Auchentoshan’s delicate distillates that I don’t like. Treat it as cream Sherry with an extra punch in strength.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 24
    Clear PX influence. Sticky toffee, Medjool dates. Everything else is masked. Roasted black tea.

    P 26
    Chinese black tea. Sultana. Toasted oak. Espresso beans. Dark chocolate. A touch watery. 

    F 24
    Mid finish. Rich oak with dates lingering. Warm spices go hand in hand with dried fruits.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Actually a simple malt. Lots of wood, dark chocolate but also an intense basic sweetness and a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Very tasty at the same time. Honestly delicious, barrel-driven, there is just a little too little Auchentoshan. To be honest, I don't like it badly at all and it's a great everyday dram if you want it to be a little more powerful.

  3. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    3 years in bourbon, 2 years in oloroso, and around 3 years in PX. It's a great winter sipper for such a price.

    N 26
    - Dried fruit sweetness, resembling the oloroso
    - Mildly nutty
    - Christmas pudding behind all

    P 27
    - Warm mouthfeel
    - Oak spice surfacing
    - syrupy sweetness from PX lingering

    F 28
    - Short, semi-dry finish
    - Digestive biscuit
    - Again, more oak spice
    - Mildly herbaceous

  4. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Maturation in ex-bourbon casks followed by further maturation in an Oloroso sherry cask and finally in a sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry cask.

  5. Osir1es scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    really great NAS release, definitely recommended
    • Nose
      cinnamon, heavily candied dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, some red berries, prunes
    • Taste
      chocolate, wood, cinnamon, coffee, prunes, dried apricots, spicy
    • Finish
      medium, coffee beans, spice

  6. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. SilvanoS scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    I've never liked the Auchentoshan Three Wood. In my humble opinion the selected casks destroy the delicate character of the spirit.
    This one here is a good example for bad maturation. The malt smells artifical and has some realy distusting chemical notes in the background. The taste is bitter and unpleasant.
    Better look out for some good bourbon casks from Auchentoshan.

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For starters, this is for a very dark 2020/2021 batch of TW bought in Sept. '21. It is worth mentioning that - btw just as with LP Triple Wood - these bottlings have lately undergone drastic color fluctuations from amber to dark mahogany (and back). Just as with the above mentioned this has clearly affected the taste (if for better or worse lies in the eyes of the beholder). Also you repeatedly come across 'smart' folk here in Germany that claim just b/c it says Enhält Farbstoff (contains colorant) it must do so and hence the difference in color stems from artificial coloring by E150A. Obviously these folk neither know the details of the german labelling requirement, i.e. that this disclaimer gives you the legal right to add colorant but is not necessarily a statement of fact as the distillery is not obligated to execute its right, nor do they understand what E150A is used for, i.e. to create uniformity not to create funny color variations from batch to batch for shits'n'giggles while the taste remains the same to confuse customers, nor have they taken a sip of the different batches and experienced said clear differences. As for this batch, it is a dry and a bit bitter sherry note and previous batches seemed more accessible. Ok, one more piece of trivia spotted on the back label in the discription of the used cask types. While during the distillery tour in 2019 the guide (no student helper) of Auchentoshan emphasized that this bottling in fact does NOT contain cask finishes (with sherry) but instead is - in his own words - unique in that the three different whiskies are each fully matured in their respective casks and then married before bottling, hence Three Wood and not e.g. Triple Wood. Now the back of the packaging states the contrary. I wonder if they changed their policy for whatever reason. If this makes any difference in taste, again, lies in the eyes of the beholder. :-)

  10. Wuid scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      slightly alcoholic, cognac,
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. jvanopstal scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky. Good balance of sweet and bitterness
    • Nose
      Fruit and raisins with a nutty hint
    • Taste
      Chocolate and fruit
    • Finish
      Long with fruit and a touch of welcome bitterness

  12. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  13. nallacam scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. DocF did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Color: Russet / Muscat

    A few thoughts on the three:

    - Auchentoshan is really not the big deal among Scotland's distilleries, but it has one of the most penetrating distillery characters. And I have a thing for their stuff.
    - By the way, is the only source I know of for the age of 12.5 years. With the newer ones, I'd be more willing to believe that.
    - One of my best examples of a great finish. Yes, it is "designed" through and through and full of fresh wood. But: firstly, in the right price segment, secondly, there is a coherent overall picture - I don't know of any other whisky that tastes like Christmas. Third, you can still taste where the whisky comes from (even if I wouldn't say that Auchentoshan is a very malty whisky).
    - Between very old and medium one seems to have learned how to deal with wet barrels (or not so wet barrels anymore, I mean). The old man got way too many tannins.
    - Almost no difference in taste over five years. Respect.
    - Maybe I need another bottle of it.
    • Nose
      Heavy cinnamon, a little nutmeg, pretty sweet. Spiced plum jam, orange peel, fresh hay, gummy bear sweetness. Artificial apple flavor. Freshly cut grass with air, more hay, pine needles, some tree sap. Incense sticks. Some lemon peel, lavender.
    • Taste
      Not as bad a burner as the old one. Not that sweet at all, good combination with dry and spicy. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise. Dried plums, less dates, orange peel. With a bit of chewing, it's pretty grassy, a real shed of hay, grain (the drink) I imagine that a little more Oloroso will come through (fully ripe plums). Hazelnut, Brazil nut.
    • Finish
      Yeast, soot, cinnamon, hot coffee. Not bitter, rather short.

  15. MickMatrix scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Light and comfortable. Definitely worth buying.
    All-day dram with a good PLV.

  16. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Incredibly nice smell of sherry, dark fruits / raisins, grapes. Taste very full-bodied but maybe even a tad too sweet. Is that still a whisky or is it already a sherry? :-) It's a special drop, but you really have to like the sherry, and it's not very complex.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted at a hiking tour on 07-06-2020.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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