Auchentoshan is already quite unusual in that it is a long-established lowland distillery. On top of this, they famously triple-distill every drop of their whisky, creating an exceptionally light and vibrant spirit that soaks up so much character from its cask. For any cask purchase, one needs to pay attention to the type of wood used – and that is doubly, even triply, the case for Auchentoshan.
This whisky has spent 12 years in the most classic of casks – the ex-bourbon hogshead. Again, this is one for the purists, the fans of classic whisky flavours in their whiskies, and no funny business. White oak brings vanilla, coconut and floral sweetness to this spirit, which is still powerful at 55% abv. There’s a light citrussiness under it all, a remnant of the distillation style.
Auction estimate: £13,000 – £15,000
For the person who likes: Drumstick chewy lollies, or coconut mushrooms