Auchentoshan American Oak Lowland Scotch

About Auchentoshan American Oak

I've heard it time and time again from bourbon drinkers - "I don't like scotch." If they only knew that many scotch drinkers overseas have the same monolithic belief about bourbon (that they are all the same and thus can be dismissed out of hand). 

This sent me on a mission to find whiskies that will change opinions. Whiskies that will bridge the gap and help expand the world's noses and palates.

Auchentoshan's American Oak is a great starter scotch for those wanting to expand their horizons. It features a lot of different types of fruit with a nice dose of peach and citrus. But it also serves up caramel and vanilla notes that bourbon fans will recognize - most likely due to the use of either Heaven Hill barrels (which I saw plenty of while on tour) or Jim Beam barrels from Kentucky. 

One thing this whisky is not, is smoky. What you will find is a light on your palate dram that has been triple distilled in the Irish tradition.


  • Origin: Auchentoshan Distillery - Beam Suntory (Scotland-Lowland)
  • Type: Single Malt
  • Times Distilled: Triple
  • Barrels: First fill American Oak
  • Finish: None
  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: NAS
  • Color: -1 Caramel Color
  • Chill-Filtered: Unknown
  • Price Range: $45

On the Nose (Scents & Experience):

  • Peach
  • Vanilla
  • Caramel
  • Sweet alcohol vapors

Mouthfeel:  Medium

On the Palate (Flavors & Experience):

  • Toffee
  • Orange Rind
  • Spice
  • Oak tannins. 

The Finish (Flavors & Experience):

  • Grapefruit
  • Orange Rind
  • Black pepper heat
  • Toffee
  • Spearmint (hint of menthol)
  • IPA hoppiness
  • Length: Medium

Overall Impression

A fairly strong sense of fruit on the nose. The palate evolves and the pepper somewhat takes over at one point, but it is never overwhelming. There are some slight sour and bitter notes as it develops, likely from the oak. Gives a really nice toffee coating on the finish with a little heat from that black pepper. The pepper isn't aggressive and shouldn't be confused with a Kentucky hug or a rye bite. The bit of hoppiness on the end is likely coming from that tannin in the oak.

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