Auchroisk 23 YO (Dun Bheagan)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is thin and sweet. At first there’s a very mild honey and vanilla sweetness and a spirity top layer. The whole is very laid back and nothing is popping out of the glass. When it starts to settle there are some apples and baking spices slowly emerging. There’s a malty center, but just as the other things it seems to be embaressed to be in there. It really feels younger than its age. There’s a minty note floating around as well. Over time it seems like the whole mostly increases in sweetness. This is a decent nose, but it’s quite simple and straight forward.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet center and with a few drops of elderflower juice floating around on top. It feels a bit watery at first but the spicyness and flavours do increase over time. There’s the standard vanilla and honey sweetness and after a few seconds there’s a not so nice bitterness starting to occupy the background. Overall it gets sweeter with time in the glass and it makes a huge difference to the intensity of all flavours. There’s grapefruit and liquorice coming through as well. It feels a bit weird and oddly put together. It does make it fun to explore at this point of the journey though.

Finish: The start of the transition makes the spicyness spread out over the palate. When it settles a nice vanilla and apples dessert-like taste arrive with some baking spices on top. When it starts to fade the elderflower juice pop up once again together with notes of age and oak. There are some dusty bookshelves and they are actually pushing the elderflower note up front. The finish is very nice and really accentuates the age statement. This is a weird whisky. It’s up and down and in disarray most of the time. It’s interesting to explore, but not the best tasting whisky out there.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a single hogshead for the full maturation time. The cask No. is 2061 and it yielded 236 bottles. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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