Whisky Magazine Issue 53
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The mystery visitor turns his sights on iconic Lowland malt Auchentoshan. Surely he won't savage that, too?
Apparently the Editor has been getting complaints. Some distilleries have felt that recent reviews have been a trifle harsh, unfair even.
But I haven't been asked to hide my claws, and they haven't even been trimmed a little. I thought you ought to know that because, as it happens, this report is going to be favourable.
So, if you incline to the Simon Cowell school of reviewing, you'd better turn the page now: I'm sure there are some harsh tasting notes towards the back of this issue that would be more to your taste.
I try to write about what happens to me, as honestly as I can. Good things happen and sometimes bad. If I find a dirty toilet or an incompetent guide who makes things up (and it does happen), then you hear about it.
Shortly afterwards, the Editor hears about it as well but we won't worry about him.
Now Auchentoshan is the possessor of a particularly obscure distinction in distillery visitor centres. Apparently, they had one in the mid 1980s and shut it – which is, I think, unique. It must have been something of a pioneer, so it's gratifying to see the distillery open again.
What's more, as it's only a few miles outside of Glasgow and right on the main road to Loch Lomond, it's very easy to get to. The 10 miles or so from the city centre is a bit of a drag but Auchentoshan itself stands on the edge of some attractive countryside, close to the Erskine Bridge.
Apart from being one of the few Lowland malts still in operation (you can also visit Glenkinchie a...