Auchroisk, 10 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky

Auchroisk, 10 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky

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Auchroisk - pronounced Orth-rusk - was first established in 1972 (with production starting in 1974) to produce whisky for the J&B blend. It was established following the discovery of the naturally pure waters of Dories Well - where spring water rises from the granite bedrock and then passes through softening sandstone to get to the surface - that gives this Speyside distillery access to that particularly soft water so beloved of distillers. It was first bottled as a single malt in 1986, although under the Singleton brand. Interestingly the maturation process they used involved decanting 10 year old ex-Bourbon cask matured whisky into ex-Sherry casks for a further two years of secondary maturation; which produced a much fuller, more complex flavour and made it the first example of 'finishing'. Justerini & Brooks (the then owners) never thought of talking up the process however, leaving Balvenie and Glenmorangie to be regarded as pioneers of the technique.

Finished for 19 months in a refill Oloroso Hogshead the nose has indulgent aromas of hazelnuts and chocolate spread combining with marmalade and a lovely underlying savoury, umami presence. On the palate early notes of milk chocolate and a subtle roasted quality are lent further complexity with the addition of orange and quince marmalade, dried fruits and just a hint of Worchestershire sauce. The finish is long and brings to mind an unctuous chocolate spread with a dash of cloves and an umami earthiness.


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