Well, here in the United States, we have the very strange holiday of Thanksgiving upon us, which means all sorts of delightful interactions with delightful relatives and in-laws. Wouldn’t it be great to have a nice, easy-sipping single malt Scotch for such an occasion? Don’t worry, I have a pretty good idea.
A little while back, Auchentoshan replaced their “Classic” label with a new expression, “American Oak.” Like the old “Classic,” there is no age statement on the bottle of Auchentoshan American Oak. However, the we are told that the whisky has been aged entirely in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, and like all Auchentoshan whisky, this one is triple-distilled. It is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).
The nose is rich and silky with vanilla, potpourri, orange peel, peaches, and lilac. The palate is creamy with some oak, coconut, and sautéed peaches. The finish is warming and medium-length with oak and toasted coconut.
Overall, this is a very pleasant drinking experience from start to finish. It is hardly the most complex whisky on the planet – it does not take a lot of work or patience to see the virtues of this malt. Thus, it is a fantastic dram to have around for the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving. As you are preparing a big meal or preparing to eat a big meal, pour yourself a glass of Auchentoshan American Oak, and let the sweet, oaky, fruity, and floral flavors prepare your palate for a feast. My grade: B-. Price: $35-40/750ml. At the price point, this is an enjoyable single malt that provides great value all around.