Whisky Advent Calendar: Day 19/24 - Auchentoshan Three Wood - 43%

Nose: Prunes, dates, fruity toffee, vanilla wood, milk chocolate and absolutely loads of cinnamon.

Palate: Very sweet, with caramel, molasses and sherry-soaked cherries.

Finish: Dark fruitcake, tobacco leaf, cinnamon, treacle and sappy green oak.

Notes: This was only my second ever Auchentoshan - shameful, as it's my local distillery as it lies just a few miles from my flat. The Three Wood is definitely a dram which really benefits from 20 minutes in the glass before diving in. The toffee and caramel notes intensify on the nose, while it seems to mellow out even more when you take a sip after giving it a bit of time in the glass. I enjoyed this - it's an easy going, every day sort of dram and for around £40 notes, it isn't bad at all.


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