Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon, Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label
Bottle code
Added on
05 Feb 2014 8:25 pm by Mac49

Average value

€ 50.61

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Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan Three Wood

90 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.16 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  I had my last 'toshan Three Wood quite a long time ago and I cannot remember how it tasted.  So I appreciate this opportunity to re-taste a sample provided by a friend.

    Sorry, not my kind of a pleasant dram.  You might enjoy it if you prefer the bitter side of life...
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows small tears with rather fast legs. The nose is very oak-driven (obviously they use a lot of virgin oak in the newer batches) with a significant herbal spike (caucasian oak, I guess) like the Ardbeg Kelpie. Unfortunately, this is not my favourite profile - it compares to many other modern designed whiskies that I do not like either (by the way, these profiles are designed "out of despair" because of the cask shortage due to the long-lasting whisky boom).
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste itself offers more of the sherry flavours (that are very shy in the nose) beside the heavy wooden and strong herbal notes. Better, but still not good (according to my taste buds).
    • Finish
      79 79
      The whisky arrives quite bitter and astringent in the mouth, another clear sign of (too much) aggressive virgin oak. Not to my liking either. The finish is rather short and again somewhat bitter-astringent from the tannins of the virgin wood. Water increases the (anyhow strong) herbal aromas both in the nose and on the palate and it turns the finish even more bitter.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    3 casks of different sherry:
    sherry, a little dark chocolate, a little mushroom, mold like dried lichen.
    more spices, it's creamy, intense woody on grilled coffee too. Toasted traces and some honey!
    the maderized side, black fruits, cooked fruits, it is soft, without concession!

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    First things first: this is actually one of the few single malts that I'd recommend you sip from a tumbler instead of using a nosing glass. It really needs the increased liquid-to-air ratio to come into its own.

    At first I thought I pretty much hated this, that it was just swamped by all the (wet) sherry-seasoned-cask aromas, that there wasn't anything to find except from pungent, overpowering, syrupy sherry.

    But it improves dramtically with some air in the bottle. Now (3/4 empty) there's a nice balance between heavy, sweet sherry and light, fresh Toshan citrus, which keeps the whole from getting too cloying.

    The palate has improved with bottle aeration as well: seems older now, more woody and musty and (again:) less dominated by vulgar wet/first-fill PX casks. Dark plums, hazelnut paste and chocolate pralines dominate the taste, along with some zingy spirit notes.

    Ends on baking spices, nutmeg, and cinnamon rolls. Nice flashes of dark-roast coffee beans in the finish, along with residual juicy freshness.

    If you're in the market for an uncomplicated, delicious, sherry-heavy malt with some additional fruitiness, you really can't go wrong here. I had this around 79 initially, but will raise my score to 84 now. What a difference some air makes!

  4. Moses scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I got it as a club bottle at Whisky.de.
    But it is very difficult for me to say anything about it.
    Because I think that was the first whisky that I almost didn't get empty. I would like to join in with the good words of a member at the base, he phrased it appropriately:
    Original copy:
    I find strong wood aromas and a lot of sherry fruit to be pleasant, I still enjoyed the first half bottle, but then tried other drops, after a year with occasional tasting and compared to other sherry malts I had to give away the rest, its crisp, young note spoils me Enjoyment - it is probably also the distillery character, but that speaks against it that I like the American Oak very much

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting dram, not expensive, but with more flavors than triple distillation could predict!

    barrels of bourbon, PX and oloroso.
    • Nose
      On the nose, caramel a little grilled, wood, dark chocolate!
    • Taste
      On the palate, slightly candied fruit, the wood still gives a nice sensation in the mouth. A little vine back and sweet spices for a good taste.
    • Finish
      In the final, it's always quite interesting with wood and candied fruits on the red fruits.

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Either you like this kind of whisky, which almost goes in the direction of the liqueur, or you do not like it. I like her.
    • Nose
      Very "old" aroma, dark.
    • Taste
      Comes very old-sweet and heavy, cough-oil on the tongue; with a slight oak aroma. Malty. Very fine. And yes, the oak comes through stronger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, very nice finish.

  7. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very intense, has good sherry, a lot of chocolate, but the artificial-flowery Brennereicharakter in the nose and some (youthful?) Sharpness shines through, for ~ 44 ¬ quite yummy, has a regular place in the whisky bar and is well received.
    • Nose
      rather intense, tart dried fruits, Storck giants, molasses, sugar beet syrup, old leather, furniture polish ... and in the background a slight artificial-floral touch
    • Taste
      velvety-dry, but quite strong, a lot of dark chocolate, Sachertorte, some cinnamon sharpness, a touch Möbelpolitur / wax
    • Finish
      medium to long, first very chocolaty, then drier, woodier, sharper

  8. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a nice surprise, i didn't think it was going to be this good or that well balanced, and at a great price. Great whiskies and very affordable.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Another great range from this wonderful distillery.
    • Nose
      Quite a complex nose, Molasses, varnished old wood furniture, dates, dark chocolate, raisins, old leather armchair, red roses and treacle.
    • Taste
      First taste and i'm sold, nice and smooth dark chocolate, you can taste the wood on your pallet, it's quite dry but creamy, some summer fruit pudding and ginger cake. There is quite a good balance here.
    • Finish
      A long dry and woody finish with chocolate toffee on the death.

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Auchentoshan Three Wood. Dram next to the fire at the Tam o Shanter Inn, Ayr around March 2019. Had this recommended to me several times, so was interested to try it. Aroma is rubbery PX, huge nose of sherried fruits. Taste has more rubbery PX, loads of sherry, PX has taken over, gives a huge fruit flavour but it's not the same as oloroso - the sherry character here is too dominant and rubbery for me, chewy sweetness, jammy, huge flavour but not very refined. Certainly huge on the sherry influence but the use of PX as a shortcut to achieving that end leaves me feeling like this is a bit one-dimensional. Decent at the price though.


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