AUCHROISK 25Y ~ SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND
87/100 The Whisky Base
85/100 Whisky Advocate
At Auchroisk distillery, the heavy character is produced by rapid mashing, quick fermentation and, in the wash stills, a rapid boiling regime that almost cooks the solids and allows controlled carryover of some solids. This almost singed character is most obvious at new make but recedes with maturation, being replaced by a balanced honeyed cereal sweetness.
Billy Abbott "The emphasis here is on the American oak, but the great grassy and leafy character is hiding behind, tempered by just the right amount of spicy oak."
Jake Emen "The nose is floral and perfumed, with hay, chrysanthemum bud, honeydew melon in a light syrup, and fudge. The palate starts with chocolate and offers cedarwood, spice, gingersnap cookies, fruitcake, citrus zest, and baking spices. The finish starts hot and sharp, with dry oak and tannins, mint, and then that underlying chocolate stays and stays. Water brings out fruitier characteristics."
Gavin Smith - Whisky Advocate "This rare expression was matured in refill American oak hogsheads. Quite shy on the nose, even at cask strength. Ultimately, faintly floral notes, with pear drops, vanilla, and linseed. Very smooth on the palate, with soft fruity malt, vanilla, peach, and dark berries. Buttery mango and nutmeg in the finish."
Nose - Inviting, with notes of white peach, soft raisins, orange cream, vanilla and fresh linen. A fantastic nose.
Palate - Some cereal grittiness on the palate, but well-integrated and still light with floral touches. Fresh apricots and fondant fancies.
Finish - Mint choc chip ice cream
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.