Right then we are into the business end of this years edition. Starting out our 8 day 20 year + countdown to Christmas.
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:
Tomorrow we are in for a treat with another rarely seen distillery from the boys at Samaroli
See you all then…