Auchroisk OP

Auchroisk 18 [Douglas Laing – Old Particular]

Here is one of the stars of Douglas Laing’s recently released Old Particular series. It is a grand single cask Speyside malt distilled in October 1994 and bottled 18 years later at 48.4%. It is a lovely whisky and one that I would highly recommend!

Auchroisk 18 [Old Particular] 48.4%
I first fell for Auchroisk at The Whisky Show in 2010 when I tried a sample bottled for Diageo’s Special Releases. Despite trying a range of fabulous whiskies that year including some Brora and 1954 Glen Grant, the Auchroisk remained engrained in my memory. That’s what made me so excited about trying this offering, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Nose
The initial nosing was full of sweet fairground candy floss. This dissipated slowly leaving lots of vanilla and further sweetness. The whisky has lovely depth; once you delve past the initial sweetness it is very floral – much like an old fashioned English rose garden. It is a beautiful spirit and reminds me of crisp linen – like a freshly made bed. Finally it offers up some sherbet lemon.

Palate
The whisky is very velvety and silky. There is lots of cream and vanilla before you are hit with a big smack of chilli heat. This is heat I have only found in a few whiskies; it is really intense and I love it! Finally a really herby quality comes through – much like adding some dried spices to your Sunday roast. The whisky tempers slightly as you start savouring it, but the heat still overwhelms the dram (in a positive way!)

Finish
Long and hot; the vanilla has all but disappeared to be replaced by the heat. Gorgeous!

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