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1990 Auchroisk 25 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Special Release 2016
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- ABV 51.2%
Ten new whiskies are on offer as part of Diageo's special releases programme. This year's Auchroisk was matured in American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts. Bottled at 51.2% Alc./Vol. with an outturn of 3,954 bottles. For regular whisky bloggers this was another surprise favourite of the 2016 collection.Auchroisk distillery was built in 1974 to provide malt whisky for the famous blend, J&B. Single malt bottlings are rare, and were originally known as Singleton of Auchroisk. The story goes that the owners thought that customers would find it difficult to pronounce the name Auchroisk, so they issued their releases under the Singleton label. Other reviews... Not the first oldish official Auchroisk. A 20 had been excellent back in 2010 (WF 87), whilst the Manager’s Choice (not Dram) from 2009 had been a little less flabbergasting IMO (WF 82), and the 30 yo from 2012 really good (WF 85). Excuse me? The earlier Singletons? Bah… Colour: straw. Nose: starts a little varnishy, in a good way, and unfolds on a fruit salad covered with custard. Very nice whiffs of old cellar and damp wood, that adds more dimension. Once again, some flowers are playing above all that, such as lilac again, lilies, dandelions… With water: perfect! More complexity, blond cigarettes, teas, eucalyptus leaves… It loves water – a mystery after the 1991. Mouth (neat): totally in the style of Claxton’s 1991. Tinned fruits and pepper, Weetabix, peaches, and pepper. Nothing is not to be liked. With water: and once again water opens new doors. Pastries, fudge, and even these small biscuits they have in Switzerland, called Läckerli. Finish: medium, a little spicier, more towards speculoos. The aftertaste is a notch bitterish, which makes it lose one point. There. Comments: super good. To be honest all three were playing in the same ballpark, only wee nuances allowed us to differentiate them. Oh and water.
87 points - www.whiskyfun.com