Clydebank, Scotland: Lowlands Region
Auchentoshan is one of the three whisky distilleries featured in our photobook on the Lowland distilleries!
Auchentoshan (pronounced “och (as in loch)-un-tosh-un”) is one of the three remaining Lowland whisky distilleries. It is located on the north-west side of Glasgow, on the outskirts of Clydebank, in an area rich with shipbuilding history. Ironically, the distillery’s position means that it lies close to the imaginary line dividing Lowlands from Highlands, with the result that its water source is in fact situated in the Highlands.
Nevertheless, the distilery retains many of the characteristics of Lowland whiskies. It is in fact, probably even more light and delicate than the other whiskies produced in this region, given that the distillery is the only one in Scotland to use triple distillation, a process that ensures a very refined spirit. The lightness of Auchentoshan’s single malt whiskies makes it a very good choice for people new to drinking whisky.
Rumours abound that the distillery’s tradition of triple distillation originated with Irish settlers who travelled to Scotland after leaving their homes because of famine, bringing their characteristic distillation methods with them. Although Auchentoshan’s official licence was granted in 1823, distilling did occur on the site many years before that, so this is perfectly possible.
Read our blog post on our visit to Auchentoshan: Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery Tour
General Tasting Notes
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Distillery Contact Information
Address: Dalmuir, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, G81 4SJ
Tel: +44 (0)1389 87 8561
Fax: +44 (0)1389 87 7368
Tours: Visitor Centre open all year (though check with the distillery regarding hours over the festive period). Daily guided tours happen on the hour every hour, and these standard tours cost £5.00. More expensive (and hence more detailed) tours are available as well, and must be booked in advance.
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