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LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY LOWLAND SINGLE MALT Matured in a Bourbon Barrel Distilled on: 14th October 1992 Bottled on: 10th June 2002 Cask No. 6241 Genummerde flessen 328 Bottles No Chillfiltration Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh
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46,9 % 35 years old INFO Cask Strenght THE TRIPLE DISTILLED SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Lowland Single Malt Whisky Distilled date: 07 / 05 / 1976 Bourbon Cask Matured Bottle date: 08 / 02 / 2011 A full Bourbon Cask Non Chill Filtered Limited Edition 500 Numbered Bottles Auchentoshan Distillery, Dalmuir, Clydebank
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Lowlands AUCHENTOSHAN (1825 - 1941) (1948 -
Duntocher, Dumbartonshire. Het eigendom van Morrison Bowmore (Distillers) Ltd. Auchentoshan is gebouwd in 1825 en was een groot gedeelte van de vorige eeuw het eigendom van de familie MacLachan. Toen Barnard Auchentoshan in 1885 bezocht was C.H. Curtis & Co, uit Greenock eigenaar. Auchentoshan betekent 'hoek van het veld' en zo is de distilleerderij gelegen, in een vallei tussen de rivier de Clyde en de Kilpatrick Hills, waar ook het proceswater van wordt be-trokken. Auchentoshan is de enige distilleerderij die gebruikt maakt van het klassieke Lowland proces van driemaal distilleren in zijn originele vorm. Op het etiket van Auchantoshan staan drie ketels, dat staat voor één wash still, één spirit still en één intermediate still. De wash, zeg maar bier gaat met 7^ % de wash still in, en komt er met 18^ % uit, daarna gaat de vloeistof naar de intermediate still en bereikt het een alcoholpercentage van 55 %, waarna in de derde ketek 80 % wordt bereikt. Dan is het produkt heel zuiver en met een tamelijk neutraal karakter. De spirit rijpt op 68,5 % na toevoeging van water. Auchentoshan is geliefd bij blenders. De gerst wordt niet geturfrookt. Auchentoshan was enige tijd het eigendom van de bierbrouwer Tennents, vervolgens van Bass Charrington, ook bierbrouwers, die Auchentoshan verkocht aan Eadie Cairns, een pubeigenaar te Glasgow en John Eadie, lid van een familie met brouwerij belangen. Auchentoshan werd op 13 Maart 1940 getroffen door een bombardement van de Luftwaffe, waarbij 53 vaten gelagerde whisky verloren gingen. In 1984 werd Auchentoshan overgenomen door Stanley P. Morrison, toen al de eigenaar van Bowmore, gekocht in 1963 en Glen Garioch, gekocht in 1970. In 1989 was er een management buy-out, waarbij Suntory 35 % van het aandelenkapitaal in handen kreeg, waarna in 1994 Suntory in 1994 de resterende aandelen overnam. Het water komt uit bronnen in de Kilpatrick Hills. De mash tun heeft een inhoud van 7 ton. Er staan zes washbacks met een inhoud van 38000 liter elk, vier zijn er gemaakt van Canadees Larikshout, twee van roestvrij staal. In het ketelhuis staan drie ketels: één wash still van 17.300 liter, één zogenaamde 'intermediate' still van 8000 liter en een spirit still van 11.500 liter. De met stoom gestookte ketels kunnen 1,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar produceren.
Na de eerste distillatie is het alcoholpercentage 18,5 %, na de distillatie in de 'intermediate' still 54 % en na het verlaten van de spirit still is het alcoholpercentage 81 %, het hoogste percentage in Schotland. De spirit is daardoor heel zuiver en heel geschikt voor blenders.Vóór het rijpen in zowel refill-, Bourbon- als sherryvaten wordt de spirit verdund tot 68,5 %.De eigen blend van de groep is Rob Roy.
1825 Licentiehouder is een zekere Thorne 1837 James en Alexander Filshie zijn eigenaars tot 1878 1878 C.H. Curtis & Co is eigenaar tot 1896 1903 John Maclachlan neemt Auchentoshan over 1923 G & J Maclachan gaat bankroet, een nieuwe onderneming gaat verderals Maclachan Ltd 1941 Auchentoshan wordt zwaar beschadigd als gevolg van een bombardementdoor de Luftwaffe 1948 De distilleerderij wordt herbouwd 1960 Maclachan Ltd wordt overgenomen door de bierbrouwers J. & R. Tennant Brewers 1969 Auchentoshan wordt gekocht door Eadie Cairns Ltd 1974 Eadie Cairns Ltd moderniseert Auchentoshan 1984 Stanley P. Morrison wordt de nieuwe eigenaar, hij is dan al eigenaar van Bowmore 1994 Suntory neemt Morrison Bowmore over en wordt dus ook eigenaar van Auchentoshanen Glengarioch 2004 Op 1 December gaat het bezoekerscentrum02�02���0��2�P2�@P2�acht: 42 jaar 2005 Kapaciteit: 1.750.000 liter spirit per jaar
The Lowland Malt Distillery rests at the foot of the old Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking the famous River Clyde, once renowed as the 'Scottish Gateway to the World'.
Juli 2010, Auchentoshan has opened a micro - brewery.
1800 The distillery name Duntocheris named in this year on this place
1817 John & Archibald Bulloch 1823 Mr Thorne obtained a licence 1830-1834 John Hart 1836/1839-1851 James & Alex Filshie 1852 Alex Filshie 1867 James Filshie 1878-1896 C.H. Curtis & Co, Greenock 1900 Alexander Ferguson & Co, Ltd 1903 George & John MacLachan Ltd, Brewers,Distillers, Pub owners 1907 G. & A, MacLachlan goesbankrupt, new company is founded:Maclachlan Ltd
1941 Auchentoshan is damagedby a Germain Bomb raid on 12 & 13 March
1948 After reconstructionAuchentoshan is producing again
1960 Maclachlan Ltd is boughtby the brewers J. & R. Tennant.
1967 J & R Tennant bought by Bas Charrington Brewers 1969 Eadie Cairns, buys thedistillery for 100.000 Pound and starts modernizationsand Triple Distillation
1984 Stanley P. Morrison buysthe distillery from the widow ofEadie Cairns for 325.000 Pound
1994 Suntory buys Morrison Bowmore, included Auchentoshan andGlen Garioch
2002 First Auchentoshan Three Woodsis launched
2004 New visitor centre is openedat a cost of 1.000.000 poundOldest Auchentoshan ever islaunched: 42 years
2006 Auchentoshan 18 years is launched 2007 Both a 30- and 40 years old Auchentoshan is released,Classic, 18 year and 1988Vintage
2010 1977 and 1998 Vintages arelaunched
2011 1975, 1999 Vintages andThe Valinch are released
Mash tun:1 x 7 tonnes Washbacks:6 x 38000 litres 1 wash still x 17.300 litres 1 intermediate still 8000 litres 1 x Spirit still x 11.500 litres
Stuart Hotkinson 1984 - 2001 Ronnie Learmond 2001 - 2009 Jeremy Stephens 2009 - 2011 Alistair MccDonald 2011 - 2014
Capacity:2.100.000 litres Output: 2015:1.690.00 litres Malt varity:Concerto, Non peated - ppm - trace Mashtun size:Semi Lauter, 6825 tonnes Wasbacks7 each 34.500 litres,4 wooden from Oregon Pine, 3 stainless steel Wash still:1 x 17.500 litres Spirit Still:1 x 11.500 Litrs Intermediate still :1 x 8200 Litres Triple Distillation takes30 hours from start to finish Warehouses:3 Dunnage, 2 racked, 21000 casks Boiler:Gas fired Shell & tube condensers:3 Production water:Loch Katrine Dried yeast:Anchor, 48 hours fermentation Pot ale:Spread to land fertilizer Production staff:8 Visitor Centre:5 Star
MARK ‘TOSHAN MAN’ DERMUL, AUCHENTOSHAN
Mark ‘Toshan Man’ Dermul collects whisky, particularly Auchentoshan, as much for his own drinking as he does for tasting sessions for others. He explains his ‘pragmatic’ attitude towards collecting, and how a joke started his vlogging channel.
Chosen dram: Dermul has amassed a ‘comprehensive’ collection of Auchentoshan whiskies
Mark Dermul inhabits two spheres of classical geekdom: whisky and Star Wars. Although, if you speak to him or watch his ‘Mark’s Whisky Ramblings’ vlogs on YouTube, it’s evident he has sufficient enthusiasm to support both. He is one of those emerging breeds of serious whisky lover who has started to make their passion a profession. He works part-time for ING Bank and the rest of the time as a whisky specialist at the auction site Catawiki. Add into the mix his vlogging, blogging and many tastings, and what emerges is a seriously committed whisky enthusiast.
‘Truth be told, I’m not sure I remember (how I first got into whisky),’ he says. ‘It’s been a while, but I do remember being dragged along to a whisky tasting some 20-odd years ago. Then early this millennium I got that faithful bottle of Auchentoshan 12 for my birthday from my colleagues.’ Dermul is affectionately known as the ‘Toshan Man’, due to his passion for the distillery.
‘The nickname was given to me by Auchentoshan’s former distillery manager, Jeremy Stephens,’ Dermul explains. ‘It stuck. I am inclined to believe mine is the most comprehensive collection of Auchentoshan bottles around – some 350 from the 1960s onward.’
Auchentoshan was the first distillery Dermul visited and his enthusiasm for it has never waned. Although he also ‘collects’ many whiskies for his own drinking, he also includes them in the numerous tastings he organises.
Dermul has over 350 bottles of Auchentoshan in his collection
‘I have some 50 open bottles at all times and they are from all distilleries, both Scottish and others. As I often host tastings in my neck of the woods, I have the perfect excuse to try many new releases. And when I come across a true gem, it will get a permanent place in the bar. I also have a very small stash of what one might consider investment whisky. It’s not meant to pay for my pension, but for future interesting releases.’
It’s an inevitable subject that crops up with any collector, that of rising prices: ‘While I do appreciate the fact that the older bottles in my collection increase in value, I only consider this a good thing should I ever run into financial problems. But I actually plan to drink all my bottles.’
Dermul’s attitude to topics like investment illustrates the typical subtlety with which many long-term collectors are coming to view it. A head for pragmatism and a heart for passion – both supporting and intersecting with the other. It’s an aspect that is only heightened by his professional involvement with the secondary market. ‘The problem of fakes in the secondary market exists, to be sure, but it is much less of a problem than most people make it out to be. Having said that, we refuse quite a few bottles for auction on a weekly basis. When we have even the slightest doubt, we prefer to err on the safe side.’
The more casual side of Dermul’s whisky life is his vlogging, which remains very much a hobby and began as a challenge from a friend in Glasgow. ‘It actually started as a joke,’ he explains. ‘A challenge of sorts by a whisky friend in Glasgow. Obviously, I won. The response from the aficionados around the world is very heart-warming and inspires me to keep going. And let’s face it: it’s very good fun.
‘I especially enjoy making these “on location” so to speak. I do try to keep them light-hearted and do not take myself seriously at all. Neither should anyone else.’ There is indeed a homespun, off-the-cuff charm about Dermul’s filmed tasting reports, which lends them an edge of authenticity.
Being so immersed in whisky can make more pointed questions tricky. When asked about some of his preferred go-to drams, Dermul is at pains to narrow the list down from ‘endless’.
He says: ‘Hosting tastings on a very regular basis means my go-to drams change quickly. But there are indeed a few permanent fixtures. You’ll never catch me without an Auchentoshan 18-year-old, Talisker 10-year-old, Johnnie Walker Blue Label or a Caol Ila 25-year-old. Solid, good whisky in my book that never disappoints.’
Dermul encounters similar issues trying to pinpoint his best whisky experience or memory. He lists off experiences as diverse as meeting Rachel Barrie, tasting the Glen Garioch 1971 Samaroli Sherry Wood and restoring an original Star Wars set in Tunisia [pictured above]. In the end he settles on ‘the bonding with likeminded people with the same kind of passion for the golden nectar, some of which have become close friends and thus enrich my life in ways that go way beyond any dram’.
A thread that runs through much of what Dermul talks about, in relation to his collection and his favourite bottles, is a pair of 1957 vintage, official Auchentoshan 50-year-olds. The bottles, which he was only able to acquire at the time by sharing the financial burden with a friend temporarily, clearly form the pride and joy of his collection.
‘I own both releases of the Auchentoshan 50-year-old 1957 (cask 479 and 480), but have only tried a tiny sip of one of them (cask 479) at the distillery once. It was astoundingly good and probably the best Auchentoshan I have ever tried. But I cannot afford to buy another one at today’s prices.’ Despite the obvious pains of not being able to add duplicates of some of his more beloved bottles, Dermul focuses on what he has, rather than what he doesn’t. ‘I am actually quite content with the collection and am happy when I find another Auchentoshan that I do not yet own, but I think we’ll all agree that the 1957 is their ultimate bottle at this point in time, so I’m good.’
True to his word about planning to open and share all his bottles eventually, Dermul adds to his musings on the 1957 Auchentoshan: ‘It will hurt a bit when I open up one of these for my 50th birthday next year.
‘Who knows, I might be able to find another one at auction before then – fingers crossed. But I truly long to try that one again. If anyone reading this is willing and able to share a sample, get in touch.’ It’s a sentiment that speaks to a robust love of whisky, one arguably forged in what is rapidly being recognised as something of a bygone, less complicated age of whisky appreciatio
The wash still operates as per normal, while the spirit coming from the intermediate still is split into two, with only the high-strength ‘heads’ being carried forward for the final distillation. The low-strength ‘tails’ are mixed with the next distillation from the wash still.
The ‘heads’ are then mixed with the ‘feints’ from the previous spirit still distillation and a cut with an average strength of 81% is taken. A short fermentation gives Auchentoshan a cereal note which acts as a grounding flavour during maturation as well as balancing the high-toned citric notes. Its high strength means that it can easily be overpowered by oak. Consequently, the older the expression, the more ‘relaxed’ the wood influence is.
Legal whisky-making started here on the banks of the Clyde in 1817 when the Duntocher distillery was built by John Bulloch. Like many early start-ups it had a chequered early history and Bulloch went bankrupt soon after. It wasn’t to put his family off however. His grandson co-founded one of the 19th century’s most famous blending and broking firms, Bulloch Lade.
It was bought in 1834 by John Hart and Alexander Filshie who changed its name to Auchintoshan [sic]. The Filshie’s sold up in 1875 to a local grain merchant and again like so many stills, ‘Auchie’ spent almost a century being passed from one owner to another. During the Clyde Blitz of 1941 a warehouse was hit, sending a stream of blazing whisky into the river. A bomb crater has been turned into the distillery pond.
It was one of a number of distilleries purchased by brewers in the 1960s – in Auchie’s case Glasgow-based Tennant’s were owners from 1960 to 1969 when they offloaded it to a publican, Eadie Cairns. The upgraded distillery was then sold to Stanley P Morrison in 1984. It is now part of Beam Suntory. A new visitor facility was built in 2004.
Unusually, all of its production is used for single malt.