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05 Nov 2012

Auchroisk 1996 (Asta Morris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Auchroisk

Asta Morris whiskyAs Bert Bruyneel would say: “who tried more than five Auchroisk expressions so far”? True, they’re few and far between, so thanks for helping us discover this distillery. This Auchroisk 1996 is the latest release under his Asta Morris label.

 

Auchroisk 1996 Asta MorrisAuchroisk 16 yo 1996 (53,5%, Asta Morris 2012, cask AM014, 307 btl.)

Nose: malty whisky with quite some heather honey, wild flowers and grasses. Nice coconut and vanilla roundness. Then some apricot jam and sticky toffee. Much more classic and rounded than his Glenburgie 2003 (which once more failed to win me over yesterday), even though the grassiness and oak add a certain nervousness. Mouth: again quite malty (Frosties) with liquorice, aniseed and pepper coming soon after the initial attack. Apple juice. Again that grassiness. Hints of honey and caramel. Fades on oak with some bitterish tea. A few drops of water make the whole slightly more rounded. Finish: quite long, again a tad dry without water. Typical vanilla from the oak.

We’re starting to detect a house style in the Asta Morris releases. Quite a few of them are creamy, malty, rounded drams, and most of them have a certain twist which make them stand out a little. Around € 60, nice price / quality ratio.

Score: 86/100

Auchroisk 1996 (Asta Morris) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-05

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  • joeri: You're welcome. Unfortunately I bought this at an auction instead of selling it at an auction :-) 150€ was a bargain for a 1980 Macallan but way too
  • tracker_jacker: My first impression is that it's too harsh. I'm a huge Alberta Premium fan that was recently disappointed with Wiser's Deluxe 18 year whiskey (could h
  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink

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