AUCHROISK 1994 AGED 18 YEARS ~ LOWLAND, SCOTLAND
86/100 Whisky Philes
84/100 Whisky Base
An 18 year old bottling of Auchroisk from the newly formed Hunter Laing (previously part of Douglas Laing). Cask 9877 (a refill hogshead) produced just 311 bottles of this wonderful whisky.
Barry Bradford - The Whisky Philes "Floral, syrupy and light flavours hints of zesty fruits, a good drinker and great classic Speyside single malt example."
Nose - Malty and grassy, with lemon peel and honeyed vanilla
Taste - Crisp pineapples in syrup with a lemon zestiness and lots of ginger.
Finish - Medium long with a sweet and malty aftertaste
The Auchroisk distillery was built by Justerini & Brooks in 1974, to ensure a steady supply of malt whisky for their J&B blend. Although launched as a blending malt, master blender Jim Milne declared the quality of the bourbon-matured whisky sound enough to be sold as single-malt; however, it was still missing something. Accordingly, the spirit was given a year in sherry casks, which produced a much fuller, and fundamentally, more complex flavour.