Whisky Stills at Auchentoshan

Whisky Stills at Auchentoshan Distillery

This evening, my theme is Auchentoshan Distillery which is located near Clydebank on the outskirts of Glasgow. This is the only distillery operating within the Glasgow conurbation.

Distilling at Auchentoshan dates back to at least 1800 but this was illicit activity. The distillery owners purchased a licence in 1823 from whereon the distillery was legal. Over its life, the distillery has undergone many changes of ownership which now rests with Suntory of Japan, which also owns Bowmore on Islay.

As a ‘Lowland’ category distillery, Auchentoshan is triple distilled compared with the double distillation carried on in other whisky regions of Scotland. Here is a video clip of the stills. The triple distillation process is similar to that used for producing Irish Whiskey. The presence of an intermediate still results in a more refined spirit albeit at expense of lower yield. However, strength is high, at around 80pct alcohol by volume.

Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow, Scotland

Auchentoshan provide a range of distillery tours.

Fermentation at Auchentoshan

Fermentation at Auchentoshan Distillery

Maturing Whisky at Auchentoshan

Maturing Whisky at Auchentoshan, Scotland

Tasting Whisky at Auchentoshan

Tasting Whisky at Auchentoshan, Scotland

 Below are images of the finished product. The full range comprises:

  • Auchentoshan Classic-matured in American Bourbon casks.
  • Auchentoshan 12 yr old.
  • Auchentoshan Three Wood-matured in American Bourbon casks and finished in Spanish aloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
  • Auchentoshan 18 yr old-matured in American Bourbon casks
  • Auchentoshan 21 yr old-matured in American Bourbon casks and Spanish sherry casks.


Finished Product, Auchentoshan

Finished Product, Auchentoshan Distillery

Overall, Auchentoshan provide a good visitor experience with proximity to Glasgow a bonus.

Elsewhere today:

  • I have worked out itinerary and costing for proposed 11 day Scotland and England tour for a group of 10 persons.
  • Had quick and favourable response to quote for a short tour of Deeside (Aberdeen) for a group of 10.
  • Corresponded with potential guest in Nova Scotia, Canada (who found me via my GlasgowAncestry Twitter account) and who is considering travelling to Glasgow to trace his ancestry.
  • Responded to enquiries for (a) an Isle of Skye tour and (b) an islands based whisky tour.
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