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24 Jun 2009

Auk’s Choir (Daily Dram)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Auchroisk

Auchroisk is a relatively young Speyside distillery built in 1974 by J&B. It still produces mostly for blending purposes, but there’s an official 10yo in the Flora & Fauna series and there were a few “Singleton” bottlings.

Daily Dram Auks ChoirAs far as I know, this is one of the oldest Auchroisks ever to be bottled, apart from the 28yo 1974 Rare Malts release. With an out-turn of just 97 bottles, it’s very limited.

 

Auchroisk ‘Auk’s Choir’ 34yo 1975
(41,3%, Daily Dram 2009, 97 btl.)

Nose: very appealing, fruity / floral start, punchy enough considering the low alcohol volume. Peaches and orange marmelade. Pink grapefruit. Hints of strawberry candy. Vanilla cake. Marzipan / almonds. Faint notes of nail polish remover as well. Some subtle wood. With water: more citrus. Mouth: still fruity but with more wood with soft spices. Liquorice as well. Some resinous notes, slightly bitter towards the end. Not overly complex, and not a good swimmer either. Finish: rather long and drying. Some spicy cake again.

Interesting Auchroisk with a great nose, but on the palate it doesn’t stand up to some other 30+ year-old whisky. I expected a bit more. Around € 135.

Score: 83/100

Auk’s Choir (Daily Dram) 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-06-24

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