Another cracking dram from the 2016 Diageo Special Releases outturn.
This time round it’s Auchroisk (pronounced Orth-Rusk), a distillery found in the Speyside region. A rather fascinating spirit, Diageo employ a fast mashing, rapid fermentation, and a quick, intense boiling method which singes the distilling solids somewhat. In the final whisky, this produces a pronounced spicy, nuttiness, and cereal sweetness. Other than the odd special release and Singleton offering, this whisky is rarely seen as a single malt, and has been traditionally associated with the J&B blend.
This whisky has been matured in a mixture of American oak hogsheads and European oak butts for 25 years. The result is a well-balanced, tropical and spicy dram.
Auchroisk 25 Year Old delivers notes of gristy malt, apricot, white peach, menthol, cinnamon, raisins, cream, pressed flowers, a little chocolate, marzipan and hazelnuts.
Bottled at a cask strength of 51.2% ABV, this is a full-bodied, full-flavoured whisky.