First Thursday is an evening for adventure and new experiences and what better way to take a step outside of your comfort zone than to try Scotland’s only tripled-distilled whisky in the heart of the Mother City?

Auchentoshan Whisky, pronounced ‘OK-Ken-TO-SHan’ was born and raised in the Scottish Lowlands of Glasgow and is uniquely smooth thanks to its triple-distilled nature.

“Auchentoshan’s unique distillation process has the effect of softening the flavour as well as a resulting reputation for being “light.” The result is a light-bodied whisky that is light in flavour, but by no means bland. Auchentoshan offers South Africans a refreshing single malt, without the intensity,” says Ron Welsh, Auchentoshan’s master blender.

Whether you’re a natural whisky-lover or need a little convincing, First Thursday Auchentoshan whisky tastings at the Secret Gin Bar is the perfect place to expand your cocktail horizons.


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Make your way to the newly renovated The Gin Bar on Wale Street the next First Thursday you attend and you won’t be sorry you made the visit.

Head into the entrance from Honest Chocolate and make your way up the stairs to the top bar in The Gin Bar for a unique whisky experience. Here a charismatic Auchentoshan brand ambassador and bar tender will serve you some classic whisky cocktails as well as a few with a twist.

The casual evening welcomes all First Thursday revellers to sip and savour the 12-year-old Auchentoshan or the American Oak matured Auchentoshan in a variety of interesting cocktails.

For those who enjoy their beer, there’s the Auchentoshan & Ale which blends the American Oak Whisky with Saggy Stone Ale, honey and lemon juice served with a lemon wedge.

If you’re a fan of ginger, try The Chapel, which blends the Auchentoshan Oak Whisky with a Fitch & Leedes Spicy Ginger Beer or a Soda served with orange rind.

The Boulevardier combines Auchentoshan Oak Whisky with Campari and Cinzano Rosso garnished with a maraschino cherry for those who enjoy a particularly bitter drink.

Last but not least a classic Scotch Sours pairs Auchentoshan Oak Whisky with lemon juice, Simple syrup and three dashes of bitters and egg white served with a lemon rind.

The event perfectly fits with the festivities of First Thursday and it is a great spot to experience the unbelievably smooth and delicious flavour of Auchentoshan whisky, even if you aren’t usually a whisky drinker.

We encourage you to give it a try and we promise you won’t be sorry. 

Auchentoshan can be enjoyed on the rocks, but preferred mixed as a ‘hauf an’ a hauf’ (a whisky and ale), an old Scottish favourite. The spirit’s sweet aroma of citrus zest and bold nuttiness pairs perfectly with the crispness of chilled beer. The Auchentoshan & Ale can be prepared at home with your favourite beer:

35ml American Oak

25 ml honey

25ml fresh lemon juice

Add Ale with citrus notes

Garnished with a lemon wedge

Auchentoshan is available in all major retailers at the recommended retail price R349 for the American Oak and R429 for the 12 year old.

For more information about the brand check out their website at

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