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Auchentoshan is pronounced OCH-en-TOSH-en. Auchentoshan is a single malt whisky distillery located at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills on the outskirts of ClydebankinWest Dunbartonshire near the Erskine Bridge.
The name Auchentoshan is from Gaelic Achadh an Oisein and translates as “corner of the field”. The distillery is also known as “Glasgow’s Malt Whisky” due to its proximity to Glasgow and “the breakfast whisky” due to its sweet and delicate nature.
Unusual for a Scottish distillery, Auchentoshan practices triple distillation. Generally the final stage of Scotch whisky production involves distilling the fermented mash in two copper stills. In Auchentoshan, a third still (known as the “Intermediate Still”) helps to give a final spirit strength of 81% ABV (162 proof). This triple distillation, in addition to an unpeated malt, gives Auchentoshan a more delicate and sweet flavour than many Scotch whiskies. Maturation is mainly in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry butts, though some Auchentoshans will mature in French wine casks
Legal whisky-making started here on the banks of the Clyde in 1817 when the Duntocher distillery was built by John Bulloch. Like many early start-ups it had a chequered early history and Bulloch went bankrupt soon after. It wasn’t to put his family off however. His grandson co-founded one of the 19th century’s most famous blending and broking firms, Bulloch Lade.
It was bought in 1834 by John Hart and Alexander Filshie who changed its name to Auchintoshan [sic]. The Filshie’s sold up in 1875 to a local grain merchant and again like so many stills, ‘Auchie’ spent almost a century being passed from one owner to another. During the Clyde Blitz of 1941 a warehouse was hit, sending a stream of blazing whisky into the river. A bomb crater has been turned into the distillery pond.
It was one of a number of distilleries purchased by brewers in the 1960s – in Auchie’s case Glasgow-based Tennant’s were owners from 1960 to 1969 when they offloaded it to a publican, Eadie Cairns. The upgraded distillery was then sold to Stanley P Morrison in 1984. It is now part of Beam Suntory. A new visitor facility was built in 2004.
Unusually, all of its production is used for single malt.
The Perfect introduction to their triple…
This tour takes you through the making of the good stuff from start to finish. At the end every adult enjoys a dram to truly understand what the fuss is about
If you don’t fancy sharing them with anyone else then good news, all of their tours can be booked privately. Auchentoshan Behind Closed Doors can be added to any of their experiences they open the gates for you after 17:00.
Please fill out the contact form on their website to let them know when you’d like to come and which experience you’d like to arrange.
This tour gives you the chance to try four of their triple distilled Single Malt expressions to appreciate and learn why we made each one – and how what they do changes the experience you have.
Please note: Face coverings are mandatory on this tour.
Join them for a Masterclass that will take you through the making of Auchentoshan, their unique Triple Distillation process and how this unique production crafts the spirit of this Lowland Single Malt. You will sample four exclusive expressions including their Distillery Cask which is only available here at the distillery.
No need to book a retail expereince slot, after your Masterclass you will have full access to their visitor centre shop.
This session does not include a tour
Normally, only their master blender and distillery manager sample straight from the warehouse cask. However it’s just one of the very special moments on this incredibly detailed tour. You’ll also receive a masterclass in our own cask strength whiskies – exclusive to Auchentoshan Distillery.
Please note: Face coverings are manatory on this tour.
Book a time to come in and visit their at their gift shop which is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Please book a time to come in and visit them at our gift shop. Where you will be able to browse their Distillery Exclusive Whiskies, bottled by hand. Their extensive range of single malts from their core range favorites, their Global Travel Retail range and their old and rare expressions, not to mention their range of branded gift items.
The perfect one stop shop for all your Auchentoshan needs!
Their knowledgeable and friendly team at Auchentoshan are ready and waiting to assist and talk you through their full range to help you make the right choice.
Please note: Face coverings are mandatory in our shop.
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