In common with other Lowland (and Irish) whiskies, Auchentoshan malt whisky is distilled three times (as opposed to most Scottish malt whisky, which is distilled twice). This triple-distillation has the effect of softening the flavour and body of the end product. The 12 year old is smooth, fresh and nutty with a golden honey appearance. It has a Crème Brulee smell with a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan. To taste the palate is smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime. To finish, it is a gingery and slightly drying with a pleasant lingering nuttiness.