1994 Auchroisk - 24 yr. - G&M - 54.5%
Quickly becoming a fan of Auchroisk bottlings - fruit forward, bold, dynamic structures (maybe something to do with the process described below). The distillery was built in 1972 to support the blends for J&B. This bottling was aged in refill American Hogshead.
From scotchwhisky.com: The character is produced by rapid mashing, quick fermentation and, in the wash stills, a rapid boiling regime which almost cooks the solids and allows controlled carryover of some solids. This almost singed character [shared with Blair Athol] is most obvious at new make but recedes with maturation, being replaced by a balanced honeyed cereal sweetness.
Notes: Soft grain. Marshmallow. Apple. Oak. Lemon. Very well defined, traditional Speyside nose. Quick attack on palate entry. Powerful and defined. Full and sweet (honey, frosting), but layered with very defined top notes - pineapple, lemon, savory spice. Waxy, connective tissue. Structure is rich up front, spicy and fruity mid, buttery and peppery in the finish. Fruit sustains as well.
Score: 8 (Stash One) Impressed with this one. Not as soft and integrated as the Signatory from a bit ago. Instead, this G&M delivers a very controlled and bold profile showcasing the range of the spirit.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour