ABOUT THE WHISKY
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.
Aged 9 months in first-fill Sherry hogshead casks, the whisky both displays deep colour and intense aromas and flavours. Decadent notes of dates, prunes and cooked figs together with molasses, vanilla and caramel married with the meaty, leather complexity. The palate shows further flavours of cinnamon, clove and dark chocolate, along with toffee and fresh hint of candied orange peels.