Day 18 – A.D. Rattray Auchroisk 1993 | Blog #107

Right then we are into the business end of this years edition. Starting out our 8 day 20 year + countdown to Christmas.

Auchroisk Distillery Auchroisk Distillery

We kick it off with a distillery that has not been part of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar before. Auchroisk (A-thrusk) is a Speyside Distillery founded in 1974 to produce whisky for the J&B blends. Proprietary bottling’s can be found from this distillery under “The Singleton” brand as Auchroisk was just deemed pretty much unpronounceable. Rarely seen as an indie bottling this is a treat to see what this Distillery can do in a single cask format.

A.D. Rattray Auchroisk 1993 22 Year Old Single Malt bottled at 52.6% and aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead # 2789.

Colour:     Polished 14k gold

Nose:       Milk chocolate coated marzipan, honeycomb & fresh cookie dough.

Palate:     Scottish Porridge complete with fresh cream, sultanas and dried apricot pieces topped off with a healthy dram.

Finish:     Turns back to the marzipan at the death with custard apple and still some dried fruit hanging on. the full cask strength sits nicely but it will be interesting to see what a drop or two does.

Water:     Softens more to white chocolate and stewed rather than dried fruit. Introduces a bit of Springs first freshly cut grass with dandelions right on the finish really interesting.

Not a distillery that I have had very often so was great to be offered it as one of the choices for this year. Independents are awesome at giving us snapshots of unique distilleries that we would never otherwise see.

Joshua as he has been doing everyday gives us his terrific insights HERE

Last year on this day in the 1st edition we tasted the Samaroli 1994 Braes O Glenlivet (Braeval) 19 Year Old. Blog #50

You can find this Auchroisk and one of the 60 bottles available from the following retailers:


Coop Wine Spirits Beer

Zyn The Wine Market


Wine & Beyond

Vines of Riverbend


Andrew Hilton

Tomorrow we are in for a treat with another rarely seen distillery from the boys at Samaroli

See you all then…



  1. obiscott says:

    OK – it is the last Friday before the big guy arrives and we have to reset the counter again. The evening needed to start early so here I am loving this whisky but not sure where to go from here. The challenge I am finding is that the high abv delivers such a complex and intense experience that it is hard to know where to go for the rest of the PM. I am now realizing just how unique the whisky journey that Jonathan has put together is. I think I would be happy to stock my cupboard with 5 times as many small bottles rather than a restricted collection of big ones.

    As for tasting notes: I really like this one, my taste experience felt a bit more like Joshua’s in that I get citrus fruit and limes taste but also a bit of barely/hops on the nose. A bit of water seemed to bring out the sweetness and softened things in a nice way.

    • Jonathan Bray says:

      G’day sorry about the lack of tweeting and online discussion Cindy and I were at a private screening of The Force Awakens this morning at 9:00am followed by a fabulous and insanely long lunch at the best whisky bar in Calgary Buchanan’s. A throwback dram of 30 year old Teaninich from A.D. Rattray at the startling ABV of 30% (I know the backstory) was absolutely delicious.

      So all I can say is that The Force Awakens was excellent and I am still firmly entrenched in my nerdy persona.

      Hope you like tomorrows dram and am glad that I got ahead a little as there is no way that I am capable of dramming and blogging tonight.



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