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“lowland distillery that positively stands out”

Auchentoshan Distillery
Ranked #8 of 78 Tours in Glasgow
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Owner description: Take a guided tour of a traditional Scottish whisky distillery.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“lowland distillery that positively stands out”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Visited on a Good Friday afternoon, which proved to be a busy time, as all together the group grew to more than 20 people. But even with that size, the best thing about the tour was that it wasn't rushed. We all had the time to look around, take photos, ask questions, poke our noses here and there. That is appreciated. The tour guide was pleasant and informative. The distillery alone is small but you can see a lot of detail of the process and steps along the way. What really stood out from other distilleries in this region was that we got to see half-products of distillation, like the greenish foreshots, ad the fact that they let you walk through one of their warehouses. That was awesome!

Additionally, there is a really nice bar. You could actually just go there to the bar itself. Amazing couches by the fireplace. Full range of their whisky, including travel editions to try. The shop itself is simple, no special discounts given, but you can get the Auchentoshan Cream Liqueur there, which you can't really find anywhere else. It's pricey, but unique.

And the whole distillery is accessible for people with mobility problems - I hobbled on crutches and was fine, they patiently waited for me at each step. A few stairs to go up at the start, but I think they have an alternative entrance for wheelchairs too.

Highly recommended! Much much much better than Glenkinchie and just one star better than Glengoyne visits.

Visited March 2013
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“Brilliant”
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Myself and two mates, all in our 20s, booked a personal tour back in early January. What can i say - the visit well and truly exceeded all expectations!!

Our guide Stevie was great and made our afternoon all the more enjoyable with his knowledge, enthusiasm and great banter!!

I would recommend paying that little bit extra for the personal tour as you benefit from a smaller group and thus the opportunity to ask questions and go at your own pace. You also build up a rapport with your guide and really benefit from their knowledge.

The place is fascinating, plus the malts are pretty good too! The visitor shop is well stocked including malts from other distilleries in the company group, and reasonably priced should you want to take home a treat for later :-)

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New Galloway, United Kingdom
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“This is gd day out”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Went here not sure what to expect but found interesting , staff were very good , n the whisky was gd , a real high light .

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hour long tour plus tasting”
Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We had a spare few hours on on weekend break so decided to visit Auchentoshan distillery. While there are a number of tours, we chose the standard £6 tour and this was perfect for us. We went for the 12noon tour on Saturday and were the only visitors present in site which meant we basically had a personal tour of the five separate rooms / processes in whiskey manufacture. These included the distillation, mash tun, warehouse etc.

We didn't have a car so took the train to Kilpatrick station and the distillery is about a 15 minute easy walk along the A82. A day return from stations in Glasgow is about £4.

The tasting room was very pleasant place to continue our discovery of whiskey with our guide after the tour. A complimentary dram of 12-year old Auchentoshan is included but you can purchase additional from the entire range - we tried the 18-yr old which was lovely and smooth for an additional £5. We were also given a small taste of their cream liqueur, basically their approach to Bailey's. The only negative was that after buying £100 worth of whiskey in the shop after the tasting our guide did not offer to give the £5 additional dram we'd bought for free which seemed a tad ungrateful.

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Tokyo, Japan
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“You'll understand why Auchentoshan is so so special here!!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Me and my wife visited here to see of course the only tripple distillation in Scotland (well there other disttillery doing tripple distllation by pair of pot still but just forget about them!).

To tell the truth, that was the only reason I visited here, because the taste of the dram was too clear and delicate for me so it was not my most favorite dram.

But after visiting here and tasting the single cask whisky (bourbon hogshead) which we can fill by ourselves using traditional equipment called Valinch, we've understood that we had underestimated this whisky.

The strenght is over 50% abv but is flesh vanilla and citrus taste spreads in your plate dramaticly and yet still so soft and clear!

For whisky mania, this place will change the total image of this whisky so therefore highly recomend you to visit here! And of course I must come back here again!
(Visiting here from Japan isn't too easy but it sure worth it)

And for non whisky mania, this place is very near from Glasgow and it offers a very understandable tours letting you see almost everything and letting you know everything what you want from the process of whisky making to total history of whisky! Therefore, after visiting here you may become a whisky mania like us!
(Taking photo's are permitted within the premises else from the warehouse is also a good point of this tour, since DIAGIO's distillery never let you take a photo!)

I hope we can become whisky friends, by reading this articles and tasting the drams,

Slainte mhor!!

Visited December 2012
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