Three Wood Is Better Than One

Auchentosan distillery, known for the great lowland single malt Scotch they produce, is putting on a fun cocktail contest using their Three Wood single malt whisky they call “The Switch“.  While you see cocktail contests abound from many different distilleries and companies, this one has a more enticing reward than simply fame and fortune, the winner(s) from North America & Europe will “switch” places and spend 14 days in the others respective continents for 14 days and work in one of the top bars in the world.  Now, I don’t know about you but that sounds like a contest I would kill to win (OK, maybe not that extreme but pretty damn close).  The rules are pretty simple, you have to work in the industry and submit a cocktail using their Three Wood single malt whisky.

The Three Wood is a fantastic single malt that, fittingly enough, garners its’ name from the fact that it’s aged in three specific wood casks.  First it’s rested in North American used bourbon barrels, then transferred to Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, and finally matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.  The resulting trifecta creates wonderfully rich aromas of toffee and butterscotch and delivers beautiful tastes of orange and chocolate.  The finish is smooth with medium peat and an almost grassiness to it.  Pretty nice all around.

For the cocktail, I wanted to do something rich and full flavored to complement the flavors and aromas of the whisky.  I automatically looked to Benedictine for the herbal honey flavors, sweet and smoky sugarcane from Swedish Punsch and finish it by complementing and contrasting the orange with bittersweet Averna amaro.  While this may sound fairly rich, and yes it is in its’ own respect, I find the smoky Scotch and a bit of citrus lemon helps balance all the ingredients which makes for an approachable, yet refined Scotch based cocktail.  Whether or not I’ll win, well that’s a long shot like most entries but I hope you’ll help this humble mixologists get a once in a lifetime opportunity to shake and strain with the big dogs.  Go to and place your vote and also see all the other entries.  Cheers!

Gluttony For Punishment
3/4 oz Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz Averna Amaro
3/4 oz Swedish Punsch
Lemon Peel for Garnish

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled coupe.  Express the lemon peel, garnish and enjoy.

Three Wood

Color:  Beautiful light brown and caramel

Flavor:  Toffee, smoky peat, honey, musk, fig, dates and herbal tones

Texture:  Silky mouth feel and smooth finish

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds really good, I love smokey cocktails. Definitely going to have to try it – Plus I've been looking for an excuse to buy some Swedish Punsch. You got my vote!

  2. Scott Diaz says:

    Thanks Nick, smokey style libations are not my strong suit, but it's part of the fun using ingredients that I don't consume normally myself, like peaty Scotches and Mezcal. I hope you enjoy this one and thanks for the support! Cheers.

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