Auchroisk 15yo 1992/2007 (46%, MMcD, Bourbon/Syrah, 2050 Bts.) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

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Auchroisk 15yo 1992/2007 (46%, MMcD, Bourbon/Syrah, 2050 Bts.)

An independent bottling of a Speyside single malt that was first matured in Bourbon barrels and then finished in Guigal Cotes Rotie Syrah casks for an undetermined amount of time which one has to presume is the explanation for the deep red colouring. And unusually for a Speyside single malt it was bottled on Islay at Bruichladdich distillery. The nose is both meaty (think of Marmite) and floral (think of heather, mint) along with a good back bone of sweetness along with some vanilla. There is a very slight hint of mustiness hovering, wraith like, in the distant back ground. After a few minutes mushed peas pop up, unexpectedly. The taste is dry, and mildly sour at first but quickly opens up with a wonderful sweetness backed by Marmite and black pepper. After a short while the taste becomes creamy and slightly reminiscent of roses, coconut and the very slightest hint of a wet dog sneaking into the room. Bananas pop up briefly along with candied banana.  The finish is malty, mouth smacking and a revisit of the wet dog and the Marmite. After a number of minutes it becomes quite dry and malty after the wine influence has dropped off. Spicy also and after a few minutes there is loads of black pepper and a faint mustiness.

Despite the collection of odd descriptors it’s actually good.

C$115

Score 79 Points

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