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Auchentoshan Triple Distilled Single Malt Whisky Distillery Tour

Updated on January 25, 2013

A tour in photographs of the closest whisky distillery to Glasgow

Situated just off the a82 on the banks of the River Clyde and just a stones throw from the Erskine Bridge lies the Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery

Auchentoshan is pronounced "Aw-khen-tosh-an" which translates into the Gaelic language as "the corner of the field". The Auchentoshan Distillery is one of just five Scottish Lowland Whisky Distilleries in Scotland

The Whisky has another of other names- "Glasgow's Malt Whisky" due to the distillery's proximity to Glasgow (which makes it a great trip for tourists either staying in proximity to Glasgow or passing through Glasgow)

The View on entry to the Auchentoshan Distillery

Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery as viewed from the A82 road from Erskine Bridge
Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery as viewed from the A82 road from Erskine Bridge

Auchentoshan Distillery- Closest Whiskey Distillery to Glasgow Location

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The Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Range

The Range available from Auchentoshan: Classic, 12 year old, 18 year old, Three Wood, and limited edition 2011 Vallinch Cask Strength
The Range available from Auchentoshan: Classic, 12 year old, 18 year old, Three Wood, and limited edition 2011 Vallinch Cask Strength | Source

Fancy a visit to the distillery and a tour?

The Auchentoshan Distillery offers a number of different tour options with various tastings of the Auchentoshan Whisky range.

The Classic Tour. A 60 minute long tour of the distillery which runs daily at 10am, 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm and includes a tasting of an Auchentoshan single malt whisky. Cost £5 for over 18's.

The Personal Tour. Offering a private distillery tour with your own personal guide. Minimum 3 people at a cost of £10 per person. Booked privately through the visitor centre. Includes a tasting of two whiskies from the Auchentoshan range.

If you fancy a more indepth tour. The distillery offers more tour and whisky tasting experiences including the option to bottle your own Auchentoshan Whisky and private viewings behind closed doors. Contact the visitor centre for more info

The Entrance to the Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre

Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre Entance
Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre Entance

Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre- Reception and Shop

Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre Reception and Shop
Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Centre Reception and Shop

Auchentoshan Distillery- The Mash

The Mash- Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery
The Mash- Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery

the making of whisky. The Mash

Auchentoshan Whisky is made from three simple ingredients-

  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Barley

To make Auchentoshan Triple Distilled Whisky milled, malted barley and pure water are mixed together in a giant lauter tun. Heat helps to turn the starches into sugar and gets everything ready for fermentation.

Auchentoshan Distillery- Looking in on the Mash

Looking in on the 'masher'
Looking in on the 'masher'

The mixtures fermenting

The mixtures fermenting with added yeast
The mixtures fermenting with added yeast

Fermenting in Oregon Pine washbacks

While many whisky distilleries use steel washbacks- Auchentoshan use Oregon Pine which slightly distorts the taste of the mixture each mixture. Yeast is added to the mixture in these huge pine containers for the fermentation process to occur and for the breakdown of the starches into alcohol.

The Distillatation process- triple distilled the Auchentoshan way

Triple Distillation the Auchentoshan Way to make whisky

The liquid produced from the fermentation process creates a liquid with a relatively weak alcohol content of 8%

Triple distillation raises this alcohol percentage up to a very high 81% which is far in excess of that achieved by other Scotch Whiskies as part of their distillation. The triple ditillation removes all impurities from the liquid and leads to what could be considered the smooth and delicate taste of Auchentoshan Whisky.

Every drop of the whisky is triple distilled- no half measures

The mixture then gets filled into barrels and allowed to mature.

Auchentoshan use mainly Bourbon and Sherry barrels which give the whisky it's distinctive flavour

Bourbon and Sherry barrels help to give Auchentoshan Whisky's their unique tastes
Bourbon and Sherry barrels help to give Auchentoshan Whisky's their unique tastes

The whisky is then stored in Auchentoshan's warehouses

You might think that the warehouses would be temperature controlled to regulate quality- however surprisingly you'd be wrong. The thick stone warehouses allow the barrels to breathe and expand in the warmth of the summer which allows the whisky to infiltrate the wood of the barrel and draw out the flavours of the Bourbon or Sherry which has forced itself into the wood of the barrel.

Auchentoshan Single Malt Barrels

Yellow means the barrel is on it's second use
Yellow means the barrel is on it's second use

Ready to be tipped out into whisky stills in the bottlery

Barrels are unplugged and the contents are poured out into whisky stills
Barrels are unplugged and the contents are poured out into whisky stills

The whisky is then mixed

The whiskies are then mixed together to ensure the correct colouration so every bottle of Auchentoshan appears like the last before bottling.

Bottling Auchentoshan Whisky at William Bowmore's Bottlery

In the bottlery for Auchentoshan Malt Whisky
In the bottlery for Auchentoshan Malt Whisky

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    • CyclingFitness profile imageAUTHOR

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Gordon. I love good Islay myself and really like the taste of Bowmore

    • Gordon Hamilton profile image

      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, CyclingFitness. I have tasted so many single malts over the years, I honestly can't remember whether I've tasted Auchentoshan. For the same reason, it's difficult to name a single favourite. If pushed, however, I usually go for Bowmore Darkest, from the Bowmore distillery on Islay. It's not the cheapest single malt but it is absolutely superb.

    • CyclingFitness profile imageAUTHOR

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Deborah Brooks- you don't have to like the drink to take a tour of a distillery and it's a great way to spend an afternoon understanding to effort that goes into production.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      great pictures... very interesting.. I have never like whiskey myself...but I know people that love it... great article. I voted up and interesting..

    • CyclingFitness profile imageAUTHOR

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Gordon. I've done a few tours and the Auchentoshan Distillery was the best i've done so far! The tasting is the best part- What would you class as your favourite Islay Malt? Have you ever tried Auchentoshan?

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Great photos and informative Hub. I have toured several distilleries here in Scotland but only on the Isle of Islay and never one on the mainland. It is a fabulous experience - especially in the tasting room at the end... ;) Slainte!

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