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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowland Distillery Information

Founded In 1823 by John Bulloch

Location Lowland western region

Water Source Loch Concha


Distilling Equipment

Copper Topped Stainless Steel Mash Tun,

4 Oregon Pine Washbacks,

3 Pot Stills

Matured in  3 traditional dunnage and 2  racked warehouses. A mix of American Oak and Spanish Sherry Casks (Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez).

Auchentoshan Distillery,



G81 4SG

Tel: +44 (0)1389 878561


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Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light, grassy and citric.


Palate: Very light bodied. Fresh, clean, malty and citric.


Finish: Long and delicate.


Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky Distillery History

This Lowland Malt Distillery rests at the foot of the Old Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking Glasgow and the famous River Clyde, once referred to as Scotland’s gateway to the world.


Originally named the Duntocher Distillery it was established on the Dumbartonshire estate of Auchentoshan in 1823 by John Bulloch.


In 1834 the then Bulloch & Co Ltd sold the Duntocher Distillery to John Hart and Alexander Filshie, they renamed the distillery Auchentoshan.


After 40 years in 1875 – James & Alexander Filshie refurbished the distillery and in 1878 sold the distillery to CH Curtis & Co, a Greenock Whisky merchants.  


Alexander Ferguson & Co Ltd acquired the distillery in 1900 and three years later sold it on to George & John McLachlan Ltd, whose trading name becomes McLachlans Ltd in 1923


On the13th & 14th of March 1941 the German Luftwaffe bombs the Clydebank area and docks. During the ‘Clydebank blitz’  Warehouse’s 1, 2 & 3 are destroyed along with almost 1 million litres of whisky.


After the war distillation resumes on February 3rd 1948.


McLachlans Ltd is acquired by the brewers J&R Tennent Ltd in 1960 then four years they are themselves acquired by Charingtons, who in 1967 merge to form Bass Charington


Auchentoshan Distillery was acquired by Eadie Cairns Ltd in 1969. They sell the distillery to Stanley P Morrison in 1984 who now trade as Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd


The distillery has been extensively refurbished since its acquisition by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd and still retains all its traditional production methods including its unique Triple Distillation process.


Auchentoshan Whisky Taste Style

The Auchentoshan Distillery, meaning `Corner of the field’ in Gaelic, produces a delicate, smooth and light Single Malt Whisky. The subtle aroma and flavour of its Spirit is achieved by the unique Triple Distillation method, whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, distilled three times producing even greater refinement to its character.


Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings  

Auchentoshan American Oak

12 Years Old

18 Years Old

21 Years Old

Three Woods


Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Limited Edition Bottlings


1975 Limited Edition 499 Bottles

1977 Sherry Matured 240 Bottles

1978 Bourbon Matured 288 bottles

1998 Sherry Matured

1988 Bordeaux Matured 1800 Bottles

1999 Bordeaux Matured

Valinch 2011 Small Batch Release

50 year old 1957 cask 480, 144 Bottles


Auchentoshan Travel Retail



Cooper's Reserve

Silver Oak



Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings  

Select (no age statement)

2009 Festival Bottling

16 year old  Boubon Matured

18 year old Sherry Matured

1978 Boubon Matured

40 year old 1965

10 Years Old

17 Years Old

Vintages1962, 1973, 1976 1978,


Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings  

A.D Rattery

Berry Own Selection


Coopers Choice

Dewar Rattray

Duncan Taylor Collection,

Duthies (Cadenhead for Germany)

Kingsbury Celtic Series (Japan import System Co Ltd)

Murray McDavid,

Mission (Murray McDavid,

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),

Secret Stills (Gordon & Macphail)


Un Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor).


Auchentoshan 9 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting notes...

Provenance Range. Single Cask bottling  by Douglas Laing.

Distilled in Autumn 2000 and bottled Summer 2010 from one Refill Hogshead DMG Ref : 6291


Distinctly gristy as it opens on the nose plus some citrus and lightly oaked tones.


The palate is initially massively sweet, opening further to barley and nutty flavours -


 all neatly replicated plus more spice on the finish. (J)