Another recreated whisky from the Lost Distillery Company, whose logo is fittingly the Celtic rune for reincarnation.
This time round it is Auchnagie, a whisky that at one point was one of the most important distilleries in the Dewar’s stable.
This distillery, established in 1812, was found close to the heart of the Highlands, just 6 miles east of Pitlochry, home of Blair Athol. Auchnagie relied upon a water-wheel to power part of its machinery, constructing a small pool to boost the amount of liquid available. They were, however, to fall silent for long stretches of their history due to a lack of water to run the distillery.
The Whisky made here is of the very highest quality, and possesses the soft, mellow flavour now so generally approved of by connoisseurs of fine Scotch Whisky.Alfred Barnard, Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom
When recreating long lost whiskies, the Lost Distillery Company uses a ten step plan, carefully researching key parts of the whisky making process, such as: location, maturation, barley strain, water source and yeast.
Water and peat for Auchnagie came from the nearby Loch Broom, which flowed past the distillery in a particularly mineral rich burn, known to be good for whisky making. The peat here was packed with heather and moss, giving a fragrant smoke.
Auchnagie used an ancient strain of barley known as bere, which is rarely used to make Scotch these days. Yeast was likely to have been a farm based strain, whilst the mashtun and washbacks were probably re-purposed wooden puncheons.
The Lost Distillery company’s rendition is a rich, citrusy whisky with notes of pepper, boiled fruit sweets, pot pourri and sweet bread. This whisky has been bottled at 46% ABV and without chill filtration or artificial colouring.
Another superbly inventive blended malt from this company, you can find out more about Auchnagie on their website.