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Auchentoshan Three Wood

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon, Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label
Bottle code
Added on
05 Feb 2014 8:16 pm by Mac49

Average value

€ 45,78

Whisky Reviews for Auchentoshan Three Wood

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 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.

    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).  It arrives quite bitter and adstringent in the mouth, another clear sign of (too much) aggressive virgin oak.  Not to my liking either.  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).  The finish is rather short and again somewhat bitter-adstringent 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.  

    Sorry, not my kind of a pleasant dram.  You might enjoy it if you prefer the bitter side of life...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. 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

  3. midnite scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It's a nice whisky to settle down with after a long day. Just enough definable nuance to engage you, and not too much subtlety to make you feel obligated to chase after faint hints of taste and flavor. The sweeter woody sherry notes linger on the palate for a surprisingly long time, as well. Personally, I like a dram of this on a cooler summer or early autumn night.
    • Nose
      Acetate fruitiness, sweet citrus and dried berries (raspberries, blueberries, figs, and strawberries), dried walnut, oak and baking spices (coriander and nutmeg), and candied ginger.
    • Taste
      Malt, dark chocolate cherry cordials, sweet citrus and candied ginger, and walnuts.
    • Finish
      Dark-chocolate covered espresso beans, oloroso sherry and tannins, and Chinese-medicine orange peel (chenpi/陳皮).

  5. mosesumike scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I got that as a club bottle at Whisky.de.
    But it is very difficult for me to say anything here.
    Because I think that was the first whisky I almost did not get empty. I would like to join in the good words of a member of the base, he has put it appropriately:

    Strong woody aromas and a lot of sherry fruit I find pleasant, the first half bottle I still enjoyed, but then tried other drops, after a year with occasional try and compared with other Sherrymalts I had to give away the rest, his sprightly young touch spoils me Enjoyment - maybe it's the Brennereicharakter, but speaks that I like the American Oak very much

  6. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    very sweet and light malt,
    for dessert
    • Nose
      dried figs and plums,
      something green apple,
    • Taste
      sweet at the beginning, slightly bitter,
      Oak seasoning,
    • Finish
      short-medium, spicy

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Bigger flavours than you'd usually get at this price point (those peat monsters notwithstanding), but not completely balanced. Good value for money though.
    • Nose
      Old, damp oak and furniture polish, with hints of tobacco, honey and brown sugar, as well as some soft notes of dried red fruit and leather.
    • Taste
      Drying. The oak is very noticeable (too much), as is a ginger note, but it is also creamy with plenty of dark chocolate and cherries. Finally a subtle tartiness, maybe similar to aceto balsamico (although far from as rich and complex as the real thing).
    • Finish
      Spicy and dry, as well as milk chocolate.

  8. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting. Spirit totally overwhelmed by wood. Not horrible but don't really understand the point of this sort of whisky.
    • Nose
      Newspaper. Apple shampoo. Floral. Leather. Sappy. Lots of wood. Pencil shavings. Vanilla. Coconut ice. Raisins. 
    • Taste
      Cinnamon. Cloves. Very woody. Bourbon like. Dry and salty. Bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Bubblegum

  9. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    At nose,

  10. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82


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