Auchroisk 25 Year 1990 (2016 Special Release)
Auchroisk // Speyside, Scotland
Single malts from Auchroisk (pronounced "ar-thrusk") are rarely seen and this 2016 edition marks the third appearance in Diageo's Annual Special Releases. Likely due to its hard-to-pronounce name, the distillery has rebranded through the years, changing to "The Singleton" in 1986, "Auchroisk" in 2001, "The Singleton of Auchroisk" in 2008, and eventually going full circle to the original "Auchroisk." Whiskies that have matured at least a quarter-century in refill American and European oak casks were married together to produce this limited edition bottling, available at 51.2% ABV.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typerefill American and European oak
"The nose is floral and perfumed, with hay, chrysanthemum bud, honeydew melon in light syrup, and fudge. The palate starts with chocolate, and offers cedar wood, spice, gingersnap cookies, fruitcake, citrus zest, and baking spices. Finish starts hot and sharp, with dry oak and tannins, mint, and then that underlying chocolate stays and stays. Water brings out fruitier characteristics. "