It is commonly known that Scotch whiskies are generally double distilled and Irish whiskies for their triple distillation process. Auchentoshan is the exception to the rule. One of the last active distilleries in the Lowlands, it is the only Scotch Single Malt whisky brand that distil their spirits three times, using their “intermediate still” to bump the alcohol strength to 81% ABV when double distillation takes it up to 70% ABV. The process also results in light and delicate malts that are sweet and floral.
Auchentoshan’s whiskies are mainly matured in ex-bourbon casks and sherry butts, and occasionally, French wine casks. The limited edition Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc, first launched in the UK in 2019, is aged in bourbon casks for 5 years then finished for 5 months in Sauvignon Blanc barrique casks sourced from Bourdeaux. Though bottled at 47% ABV, the first taste was smooth with apple and citrus notes on the palate. The sweetness gradually presents itself at room temperature when sipped neat.
However, the brand is introducing this expression with a different experience by recommending it to be enjoyed chilled, served in a white wine glass, with or without ice. Like how you would drink a bottle of white wine. While the sweetness has been tamed a little by the lowered temperature, we do enjoy the light body with the presence of a subtle melon fragrance. It also goes perfectly well in a highball, adding a teaspoon of elderflower liqueur to a 250ml serving.
Auchentoshan Sauvignon Blanc is priced at SGD218 and is currently available at The Whisky Distillery.
Official tasting notes
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Subtle citrus notes of white grapefruit with the light sweetness of white peaches and green apple, the light perfume of eglantine, honeysuckle, Scotch broom, and Jasmine.
Palate: Lightly peppery with zesty notes, green grapes, light acacia honey and lemon curd, vanilla sweetness, lychees, and honeydew melon, but also dried grass and hay notes.
Finish: The finish is hot and peppery with lingering notes of custard apple with a salty mouthfeel.
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