Talk about Scotch whisky and images of a leather-clad bar and gentlemen with stiff moustaches come to mind.
But while whisky still remains to be a prestigious spirit, its appreciation has expanded out of a gentlemen’s club and into the homes of those looking to simply kick back with some good Scotch. For this, only a single malt that’s exceptionally smooth would do.
Of the lot, Auchentoshan (pronounced ock-en-toshen) easily stands out as the whisky to reach for whenever a good time is in order with friends and family. Unlike other distilleries tucked away in the quiet countryside, the label was born and raised in the city of Glasgow, and knows a thing or two about the fast pace of urban life and the demand for good things — fast.
The whisky is hence triple-distilled to the last drop, making it exceptionally smooth and with a uniquely delicate flavour that’s just as stunning when drank neat or on the rocks. With Chinese New Year on the horizon, we bring you the ultimate guide to Auchentoshan and how to best enjoy the single malts with the people who matter the most.
How to drink Auchentoshan
Whether you’re new to the art of single malt or are a seasoned connoisseur, there’s no denying what an excellent pour can do for a party. There aren’t any rules when it comes to enjoying Auchentoshan, but all it really takes are three simple ingredients — whisky, water, and ice — for you and your guests to enjoy any of the single malts in four different ways.
Because they’re triple-distilled, Auchentoshan’s exceptionally smooth single malt whiskies are a dream to savour neat. Simply refresh your mouth by alternating between the whisky and the chaser (doesn’t have to be water) to bring out its flavour with every sip.
To bring out the whisky’s aroma and flavour, the half rock requires you to add equal parts whisky and mineral water, followed by a chunk of ice. Perfect for those who want to enjoy all the flavours of the whisky but with a lesser ABV.
On the rocks
One of the most popular ways of drinking whisky around the world, on the rocks simply means adding ice to a straight pour of whisky.
Two factors are most important here for maximum enjoyment: Having a glass that’s cold enough (chill it beforehand!), and using ice that doesn’t melt immediately. Keep in mind that the larger the ice cube or ball, the slower it melts, and this is probably best for your drink. Again, serve with a glass of chilled mineral water as chaser.
Whisky and water
The Japanese call it mizuwari, and its beauty is in its simplicity. The golden ratio to this delicious and remarkably easy drink is one part whisky to two or 2.5 parts mineral water. Because the water takes the edge off the whisky, guests will appreciate this serve the most at meal times, or when they simply want a refreshing drink to wind down with.
Auchentoshan’s single malt Scotch whiskies
Auchentoshan 12 Years
Recognisable by its crisp, golden honey hue, the Auchentoshan 12 Years has a a distinctive aroma of crème brulee to the nose that’s accompanied by a burst of citrus and the label’s signature nuttiness and green leafiness.
A sip reveals smooth, sweet notes accented by hints of tangerine and lime before finishing with a gingery and slightly dry finish with a lingering nuttiness — the perfect pairing for Chinese New Year snacks.
Auchentoshan Three Wood
Slightly richer in colour thanks to its maturation in American Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks (hence its name), the Three Wood boasts a complex flavour profile that’s equal parts surprising and beguiling.
On the nose, juicy aromas of blackcurrant, orange, plum and raisin set the tone for the delicious single malt. These flavours follow through seamlessly in the mouth, with warming notes of hazelnut and hints of cinnamon and lemon shining through its butterscotch sweetness. Its gingery finish gives ways to a compelling nuttiness that’ll keep you coming back for more.
To celebrate the festivities, Auchentoshan has a special edition packaging that includes two rock glasses to signify good wishes and prosperity in two-fold — perfect for gifting or toasting to the new lunar year with.
Auchentoshan 18 Years
Rife with fresh tobacco leafs, as well as hints of caramelised sugar, green tea and almonds on the nose, the 18 Years boasts a superb richness from the get-go. This exceptionally smooth single malt opens with a floral freshness on the tongue with a burst of sweet barley, and gently ebbs to reveal a tangy zest characteristic of Auchentoshan whisky. As a well-balanced single malt, this is one that will invigorate the senses, and set the tone for the night to come — think plenty of laughter, fun, and and a newfound appreciation for good Scotch.
To usher in the Year of the Ox, Auchentoshan has teamed up with some of the best restaurants in town to elevate the experience.
Famous Kitchen’s Prosperous Set Menus sees celebratory dishes such as the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng and Double Boiled Herbs ‘Kampung’ Chicken to be paired with the Auchentoshan Three Wood. These sumptuous Nanyang creations from the award-winning restaurant have each been curated by the team to ensure that the festive feast pairs seamlessly with the single malt.
The Prosperous Set Menus are available from 27 January — 26 February 2021, and start from S$426++ for the Sapphire Set. Each comes with an exclusive Auchentoshan Three Wood 70cl gift pack.
Famous Kitchen is located at Hong Heng Mansions, 54 Sembawang Road, #01-01, Singapore 779085.
For a celebration that hits closer to home, Famous Treasure has pairing menus filled with nostalgic Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese and Hainanese fare to be had with the Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky. After tossing to good health and happiness with the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng , look forward to stellar dishes such as the Prosperity Fortune Treasure Pot and Steamed Cod Fish with Cordyceps Flowers during your sumptuous feast here.
The Auspicious Set Menus are available from 25 January — 26 February 2021, and start from S$596++ for the Sapphire Set. Each set here also comes with an exclusive Auchentoshan Three Wood 70cl gift pack.
Famous Treasure is located at 13 Stamford Rd, #02-28 Capitol Singapore 178905.
Set within the 150-year-old Riverhouse, Mimi is Clarke Quay’s hottest new Chinese restaurant for its distinctively seductive oriental charm and contemporary take on traditional Chinese cuisine. The chic establishment’s “Full of Huat” pen cai is an indulgent take on the age-old symbol of prosperity and abundance, and is a lavish pot of treasures that includes ingredients such as the 10-head abalone, scallops, tiger prawns, and smoked duck simmered in a delicious broth made from fermented bean and house-made superior stock.
Mimi’s “Full of Huat” treasure pot with a bottle of Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky CNY Gift pack is exclusively available for delivery and self-collection starting from 27th January — 28 February 2021 (except on CNY Day 1) from 2:30PM – 4:30PM daily with a three-day advance order. Prices start from S$548+.
Mimi is located at 3A River Valley Road #01-02, Clarke Quay, Level 2, 179020.
Empire Fine Chinese Cuisine
Although only established last year, Empire Fine Chinese Cuisine has already made a name for itself in the local food scene thanks to its top-notch culinary execution of traditional Cantonese and Teochew favourites.
For the Lunar New Year, chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants have been flown in to create spectacular menus with exquisite dishes, which you’ll be able to savour via a six-course menu for up to six. Priced at S$768++, the menu comes with a complimentary Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky gift pack with two rock glasses, and includes festive delights such as Prosperity Hamachi Yu Sheng, and many more.
Fine Empire Chinese Cuisine is located at 391 Orchard Rd, #05-30 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872.