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 http://www.auchentoshanswitch.com/votes/?p=2 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.
Color: Beautiful light brown and caramel
Flavor: Toffee, smoky peat, honey, musk, fig, dates and herbal tones
Texture: Silky mouth feel and smooth finish