GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (November 14, 2013) – Auchentoshan® Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky, the only single malt in Scotland to triple distill every single drop, introduces Auchentoshan Virgin Oak Limited Release. This complex, non-chill filtered expression is Auchentoshan’s first ever whisky to be exclusively matured in virgin North American oak casks, wood which has previously been untouched by any other spirit. This aging technique is quite unusual in Scotland, where the majority of the whisky is matured in ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. Approximately 2,100 bottles of Auchentoshan Virgin Oak (46% ABV) will arrive in the US in late November/early December and will retail for a suggested $129.99.
Intuition and industry knowledge led the team at Auchentoshan to believe they could challenge the firmly entrenched belief that Scotch whisky must be matured in casks that once held bourbon or sherry. Since the millennium, Auchentoshan has placed small batches of its unique, triple distilled spirit in virgin North American oak casks whose charred surfaces have held neither bourbon nor sherry. Time and patience revealed that the lightness of the triple-distilled spirit made it perfectly suitable to absorbing the unique qualities of the charred virgin oak casks. The result is Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, a Lowland whisky that is subtle with layer upon layer of complex flavors like spiced apple and candied notes.
Auchentoshan is the only distillery in Scotland dedicated to triple distillation, offering consumers an accessible single malt that’s smooth and easy to drink. This inventive approach to whisky production has led the brand to embrace innovative ideas and processes such as maturing whisky in virgin oak. Its fusion of Lowland heritage and modern sensibility makes this versatile whisky approachable to younger emerging whisky drinkers, who enjoy it straight up and in cocktails, as well as whisky aficionados looking for an unpeated (read: not smoky), softer style.
TASTING NOTES: Virgin Oak Limited Release 46%ABV
To the eye – Sienna orange
To the nose – Cinnamon and nutmeg, toasted vanilla and candied orange
To the tongue – Spiced apple, chocolate caramel, maple candy and velvety mouthfeel
The finish – Warm with spiced orange and brown sugar
The Auchentoshan Distillery
Auchentoshan, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un,” heralds from a unique distillery founded in 1823 and situated between the Kilpatrick Hills, Loch Lomond and the modern cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. It is known for its pure and smooth taste with delicate character and flavor due in part to its triple distillation, a practice more common to Irish whiskey than single malt whisky.
By 1900, the landscape around the distillery had changed beyond recognition as Glasgow had become “the second city of the British Empire.” In 1934, as the city built up around the distillery, the staff celebrated the launches of the RMS Queen Mary and the RMS Queen Elizabeth ocean liners, with Auchentoshan as the toasting dram. Years later, in the course of two terrible nights in March 1941, the area was systematically destroyed by enemy action during World War II. Miraculously, Auchentoshan distillery was one of the seven properties in the area that remained unharmed, however more than 1 million liters of whisky were lost. A bomb crater behind the distillery now forms the pond for the cooling water. Today, Auchentoshan is one of only three distilleries still operating in the Lowlands and produces the same unpeated style Scotch as it did back in 1823.
ABOUT AUCHENTOSHAN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The award winning Auchentoshan portfolio includes Auchentoshan Classic, 12 Year Old, Three Wood, 18 Year Old and the limited release 21 Year Old, in addition to select vintage, limited edition releases. Auchentoshan is available nationwide in the U.S and in more than 45 countries worldwide. The Auchentoshan portfolio is imported to the U.S. by Campari America. For more information about Auchentoshan, visit www.auchentoshan.com, https://www.facebook.com/auchentoshan, and on Twitter @theauchentoshan.
ABOUT CAMPARI AMERICA
Campari America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM). At the heart of Campari America are two legends in the American spirits industry. The first, Skyy Spirits, was founded in San Francisco back in 1992 by the entrepreneur who invented iconic SKYY Vodka. The second is the world-famous Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where they have been making the world’s finest whiskies since the 1800’s. Both companies were purchased by Davide Campari-Milano and together they form Campari America, which has built a portfolio unrivaled in its quality, innovation and style, making it a top choice among distributors, retailers and consumers. Campari America manages Gruppo Campari’s portfolio in the US with such leading brands as SKYY® Vodka, SKYY Infusions®, Campari®, Wild Turkey® Straight Kentucky Bourbon, American Honey®, Russell’s Reserve®, Glen Grant® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Cabo Wabo® Tequila, Espolón® Tequila, Ouzo 12®, X-Rated® Fusion Liqueur®, Frangelico®, Cynar®, Carolans Irish Cream®, Irish Mist® Liqueur, Sagatiba® Cachaça and Jean-Marc XO Vodka®. Campari America is also the exclusive US distributor of Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Auchentoshan® Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Glen Garioch® Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, McClelland’s® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Flor de Caña® Rum, Midori® Melon Liqueur, Hibiki® Whisky, Hakushu® Single Malt Whisky, and The Yamazaki® Single Malt Whisky. Campari America is headquartered in San Francisco, California. More information on the company can be found at www.campariamerica.com, www.facebook.com/campariamerica, Twitter: @CampariAmerica and www.camparigroup.com. Please enjoy Campari America brands responsibly and in moderation.