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July 2, 2013


Two Auchroisk

Not much to say about this little-known Speysider, I'm afraid. It can be a little rubbery at times in my experience, but I've hardly ever tried twenty of them.

Auchroisk 1999/2010 (46%, Captain Burn's, France)

Auchroisk 1999/2010 (46%, Captain Burn's, France) Two stars A brand owned by Armagnac people Ryst-Dupeyron, in Condom (not kidding). Colour: pale white wine. Nose: a totally naked, almost new-maky whisky, ridden with porridge, damp oatcakes and overripe apples and pears. Not too bad so far, but the problem is that too much gravel and dust start to rise, after a few seconds. Mouth: malt, malt and more malt, coated with vanilla and corn syrup. Cornflakes. Then a little more cinchona/ginger, with a faint feeling of ginger tonic. Not much happening. Finish: decent length. Ovaltine. That's the malt speaking. Comments: decent and boring. Malt for cocktails? SGP:441 - 70 points.

Auchroisk 22 yo 1990/2013 (49.8%, Whisky-Fässle, sherry)

Auchroisk 22 yo 1990/2013 (49.8%, Whisky-Fässle, sherry) Three stars and a half Colour: full gold. Nose: ah yes, this is well one of these rubbery Auchroisks, also full of walnut liqueur, then soot and wax polish. Apple peelings, earth and roots. It's a bizarre dram, very unusual in its roughness, some parts being similar to what we already experienced with the 1999. The jury's still out, I'd say. Mouth: the cask does all the talking, with bitter oranges, coriander, sweet chilli sauce, two or three speculoos... The good news is that a very unusual but very pleasant fruitiness lies in the background, between litchis and longans. Did that come from the sherry? We also have this earthiness that we already found in the nose. A little gentian eau-de-vie. Finish: long, more complex. Orange and caramel liqueurs and a slight feeling of Bailey's. Don't shoot! Some honeydew and more herbs in the aftertaste. Comments: probably not a racing whisky but its unusualness makes it worth trying. It was a good sherry cask. SGP:561 - 83 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Auchroisk I've tasted so far


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