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1996 Auchroisk 21 Year Old "Hepburn's Choice" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1380538

Let's get the hardest part out of the way: It's pronounced "Ah-thrusk." This non-peated nutty and spicy malt is the result of hot and fast whisky making. A quick mash of the malt, a short fermentation period, and a rapid boil in the wash still leave this whisky heavy and rich. A style that makes it a cult favorite for drinkers and blender's alike. Located just south of the Burn of Mulben and east of the River Spey, Auchroisk was originally built to supply J&B with malt for their famous blend. There have been distillery bottlings since 1986, but it is more common to see this gem of a distillery bottled as single casks from independent bottlers. Happily we work with the best independent bottlers to find the best casks, and this one really shines. The roasted character from the hot production has mellowed over 21 years into a rich and complex blend of honeyed granola and roasted chestnuts. Perfect for a cold winter's night by the fire.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Pale gold in color, pear and pencil shavings perfume
Tingling toffee tickled, oak overtones and opulent orange vanilla
Lingering finish of lush mint and lidocaine
(waxing poetic aside, this is a decadent dram)

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2018 | Send Email
Part of the problem with bringing in 40 casks at once is that several of our bottlings fall under the radar. In general, we’re ok with that because once people make it around to tasting the sleepers they begin to realize the incredible diversity of the whiskies we have to offer. Auchroisk is a good name that almost no one knows. We powered through the last of the limited release this year, which the distillery couldn't sell at the MSRP of $400, but our customers demolished at $250. Now we're offering a similarly aged product from this excellent distillery for only $90 and no one seems to have noticed. Their loss is your gain! This magnificent example of one of the quintessential Speyside flavor profiles is firing on all cylinders. The big nose of cake frosting and oak spice reminds me very much of the 25 year old, but with more purity. The palate is pointed and peppery until you add the requisite dash of water. Then the nose pops with an opulent mineral quality, something like a northern Rhone white (but not like floral viognier). The palate is now absolute overflowing with flavor. Citrus peel, candied apples, malted cocoa, tropical fruit salad, it's an absolute stunner. When people finally get around to this little whisky, they'll be kicking themselves they didn't notice it sooner. And this PRICE, I mean COME ON!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2018 | Send Email
This is an example of a cask strength whisky that is surprisingly supple, balanced, rich and showy, just a complete tasting single malt, before any water is added. In fact, I don't think you need to play around with water on this one, it simply tastes great and gives so much right out of the gate. Soft and a hint tropical, with suggestions of manila mango on the nose, this is an easy to drink, delicious single malt for under $90.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
Of the many casks we brought in this year in the sub-100 dollar range, I think this is my favorite of the no peat variety. And not just because it's the one currently in my glass. The weight and texture of this malt is gorgeous. It's perfect without water, full and nutty. Dominated by golden cereal grain and toasted nuts. The color says bourbon barrel, but the inherent character of the malt makes it feel like it's seen a short finish in a sherry butt. There is a great spice cake and fresh Dutch crunch roll/brioche note that I almost always associate with sherried whisky. The finish is super clean and lengthy. For me, this is pure enjoyment in a bottle.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
Another hidden treasure from the world of single malts. The nose has honey and wax aromas but comes across clean and fresh. In the mouth the entry is sweet with pure and delicate flavors. With water, the nose really opens up with floral notes coming up and in the mouth dry flavors balanced out the flavor profile. There are no smoke aromas or flavors. A fantastic bargain for single malt lovers.

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