Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice (Langside) Review

A sample of Auchentoshan 12 Hepburn's choice
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I find Auchentoshan an interesting distillery, all their whisky is triple distilled and they are the only single malt scotch distillery to do this across their entire range. Their whisky also has a distinctive and unique flavour profile.

These are all good points. The slight issue is the unique flavour is a little strange and I can’t make my mind up if I like it or not. I think I kind of do, or do I? I just can’t be sure!

I liked the Auchentoshan 21, the American Oak less so. I want to try the three wood as it’s dark color looks mysterious and intriguing. I guess only when I’ve tried the full offering can I say whether or not I like Auchentoshan.

But you don’t care about that. What is this like I imagine you are asking?

Well, I’m not going to tell you…

Only joking! Got you there friend. Here is my review of the Auchentoshan 12 Hepburn’s choice:

About the Distillery

This distinctive lowland single malt whisky is distilled in Dumbartonshire on the Auchebtoshan estate. The distillery was designed and built in 1823 by an engineer from Greenock whose name Thorne.

During the Second World War, the distillery was bombed by the Luftwaffe, who were targeting the River Clyde with its shipyards. As a result, whiskey production was halted.

One of the things that sets Auchentoshan single malt whiskey apart from its rivals is the fact that it is produced using a triple distillation method. The normal way many distilleries make their single malt is to distill the fermented mash in two copper stills.

Auchentoshan uses a third still, known as an “intermediary still,” to give the whiskey a strength of 81% ABV or 162 proof. This third distillation imparts the whiskey with a characteristically sweeter and more delicate flavour than many other single malts. Depending on the final product, the whiskey is matured in ex-bourbon, Sherry, or French wine barrels.

Whisky Info

Distiller: Auchentoshan

Region: Lowlands

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: 12 Years

Year: 2003

Tasting Notes


Very fresh. Light and floral with the white peach flavour I associate with Auchentoshan. Heavy fruit up front. Honeydew melon, hay, honey, breadcrumbs.


Starts off very sweet when I was expecting fruity. Then you get the melon and peach from the nose with some lemon mixed in for good measure. There’s some custard tart, a hint of apple and some almonds.


The finish is actually quite spicy, with some honey, nuts and a malty finish.


It’s a pleasant drop.

Extremely fresh on the nose then it mixes it up with the sweetness on the palate. Fruity throughout.

It is a little similar to the American oak but better than that, which is a No Age Stated whisky so perhaps not surprising.

To sum up, it won’t blow you away but a very nice one to sip if you fancy something light and fruity.