Auchentoshan 12yr 750mL

A Journey of Justice: Part 4

Dear Booze Reviewers,

Well everyone, I’m home.  Those of you in the Buffalo Lounge no doubt already know of my safe return to my homeland.  However, despite this I feel that I must recount to you the final days of my expedition.  You will recall that in my previous letter I told of my time in a faraway land with an exotic, yet strangely familiar single malt whisky.  It took me several weeks but eventually I found my way out of that place and back onto a path I felt led me to my destination.  My intuition proved true, as within a day I found myself standing before a treasure trove.


Whiskeys, Beers, Vodkas, Gins, Tequilas and other alcoholic treats spread out before me.  I stood flabbergasted staring at the wonder of it all for along time.  Eventually I recovered my wits and strode down into this wonderland.  I began to drink and drink and drink.  I drank until I could drink and then I drank what I drunk.

Two days later I woke up at home, with a migraine bigger than the pile of empty liquor bottles surrounding me.

Slowly I crept out of my bed, and followed the trail of empty bottles leading down my hall.  It led to a single remaining bottle, untouched by my apparent voracity. This bottle contained Auchentoshan’s 12 year single malt.


I realized then, that in my drunken state I had shirked my duties, and this was the moment of redemption.  I uncorked this simple looking bottle and began my work. Which included some light reading.

What they say: “In the Gaelic tongue, Auchentoshan means ‘the corner of the field’; a clear illustration of the rolling Lowland backdrop of the distillery, ideally situated between the Kilpatrick hills, Lock Lomond and the modern cosmopolitan city of Glasgow.

At Auchentoshan, unlike any other distillery in Scotland, the spirit is triple distilled to create a single malt shiskey that is both pure and smooth—renowned for its soft, delicate character.

Triple distilled and matured for over twelve years.  The result; a Lowland single malt whisky with the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelized toffee and the signature smooth delicate, Auchentoshan taste.”

There is no wank here.  Having tasked this whisky I can say with 100% certainty that this scotch is everything that it says it is.  They tell it true on the bottle, subtle delicate flavors, yet a strong whisky taste.  This Scotch is one that I will not soon forget, and the scores reflect this.


Taste: 8.5 – Goes down all smoke and wood.

Aftertaste: 7.5 – Weakens somewhat, but still as good as it starts.

Burn/Smoothness: 7 – Warms the chest all the way down, but gets a bit harsh near the end.

Aroma: 6.5 – Light smoky scent, it’s a bit weak though.

Honesty: 8.5 – Great looking bottle, nothing that seems wanky since it backs it all up, and the taste is very nice and quite strong for a lowland scotch.

Mixability: w/rocks: 8 – Nice and smooth with plenty of smoke and wood that just fills your mouth and nose.

Value: 7 – Totally worth it and more.  I’ve had sixty dollar scotches that didn’t taste this good.

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Reviewer Score

Justice: 8.5

Buffalo Note: This was the first single malt I ever had, and is what led me to love scotch like I do. I completely agree with a score of 8.5 (fully understanding that metrics place it a point lower). Auchentoshan is just a really great scotch here, and is one of my favorites.

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Metric Score: 53/70 |+| Metric Average: 7.57

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Final Thoughts:  “This is why I love scotch.”

I am back, hopefully this time for good, but rest assured booze reviews enthusiasts, should I ever leave again, I will as always remember you.  For where I go good drinks follow, and I would not leave you to search for them on your own.  For the final time, I wish you all, good booze and goodnight.

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