The warmth of the greeting received by staff, starting with the man on the gate, was incredible, and extended throughout the basic guided tour of the distillery (£6.00). We felt most welcome. The distillery is quite small, but unique for its triple-distillation system. Our tour, which included a by now familiar explanation of the process and the usual comments about Scots being canny about re-using the by-products, included a foray into one of the bonded warehouses, where two others were experiencing the full bottle-your own tour, a bit beyond my budget at £100 (book in advance).
Tours are every hour on the hour, and although we turned up on the off-chance it probably is worth booking in advance, as the type of tour that is available each hour may vary.
The tour guide was knowledgeable and gave a generous measure of Auchentoshan 12-year-old as a taster at the end. The real treat, however, is to be found in the Auchentoshan Three Wood, available in the shop: a heady and complex malt matured in three types of cask that is now promoted to current favourite for a special drink. I'm surprised they let it out of Scotland.
Don't trust your satnav if approaching from Glasgow: make sure you take the A82 heading west, otherwise like us you may end up behind the distillery in a housing estate.
For a contrasting style of tour and whisky, Glengoyne distillery is not far away by car. Do Glengoyne first, and then get bowled over by Auchentoshan.
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