As connoisseurs of good times, we here at Sidewalk Hustle take pride in our never-ending goal to track down the coolest products and brands around the globe. Recently we were put onto whisky brand Auchentoshan (pronounced ockun-tosh-un FYI), uniquely triple distilled. In case you’re unfamiliar, founded in industrial Glasgow in 1823, Auchentoshan has always been a bit different, crafting whisky without the traditional barriers. Raised in the city, Auchentoshan is the only Scottish single malt to triple distill every drop. The benefit of triple distillation? An exceptionally smooth liquid, which makes it a favourite among bartenders.
We want to introduce you to three Auchentoshan whiskies because origins aside, trying each variety is the best way to get to know the brand, plus it’s pretty easy to find at liquor stores across the country. These three expressions range in price from about $60 to $80.
First up we have the American Oak, a triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks. Then Auchentoshan Three Wood, which has been matured in three different cask types, American Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. And, finally the Auchentoshan 12-Year-Old, triple distilled and matured for over twelve years, as the name implies.
Okay okay, we know, unless you’re a seasoned whisky drinker or expert geographer this means very little to you. Don’t worry this isn’t a test, in fact, we’ve got something better for you, a pretty simple and tasty recipe for an Auchentoshan Ale cocktail that’s not only easy to make, it will impress any seasoned cocktail enthusiast even your bartender friends.
Now we know you’re normally not mixing single malts into a cocktail, besides perhaps the Penicillin. But because of the triple distillation process in Auchentoshan products, you get a wonderful subtle aroma and flavour that adds even greater refinement to its character and your cocktail.
Check out one of our go-to recipes incorporating Auchentoshan American Oak below and be sure to follow us on Instagram to see how we enjoy it throughout the fall and winter seasons, mixed or otherwise.
AUCHENTOSHAN & ALE COCKTAIL
1 oz Auchentoshan American Oak
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Honey syrup (recipe below)
3 oz Citrus pale ale
1 Lemon wedge for garnish
Combine Auchentoshan, lemon juice and honey syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass with or without ice and top with beer and lemon garnish.
HONEY SYRUP RECIPE:
Combine equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer until honey is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate in airtight container.