Auchentoshan Lowland Whisky Distillery
Pronounced ‘OKKen-TOSHan’ this is one of the few triple distilled single malts produced in Scotland (this habit is usually left to the Irish). The Lowland Malt Auchentoshan Distillery was established in Dumbartonshire in 1823. Since then it has had six careful owners who have handed down its unique production process. The Auchentoshan estate overlooks Scotland’s famous river Clyde which runs through the centre of Glasgow. This river has seen many barrels of whisky (both legal and illegal) leave its shores for lands all over the world.
The origins of Auchentoshan are a bit of a mystery, it was originally known as ‘Duntocher’, which but in 1834; it was renamed Auchintoshan which is taken from the Gaelic ‘achad oisnin’ or ‘corner of the field’. Another unusual fact is that although Auchentoshan is known as Lowland Whisky its water supply near Cochna Loch in the Kilpatrick Hills is actually in the Highlands.
The Distillery was destroyed during the 2nd World War as was much of this ship building area when rebuilt the modern spelling of Auchentoshan took over from the previous Auchintoshan. Purchased in 1984 by Morrison Bowmore, it became Japanese owned a decade later.
Taste: The Classic, 12 year old and 18 year old favoured by connoisseurs for their lightness and smooth flavour. The 12 year old is ideal for introducing newcomers to whisky.
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