Single malt whisky - tasting notes

19 Jun 2012

Auchroisk 1999 (Captain Burn’s)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Auchroisk

Ryst-Dupeyron is a French wine and armagnac dealer with quite a long relationship with Scotland’s Gordon & MacPhail. They have been bottling whisky for a very long time under the Captain Burn’s brand, but they seem to be rather low-key as I must admit I had never heard of them.

When I was at the Epicure store at Brussels airport the other day (a rather interesting store by the way), I saw they had a series of 5cl whisky tubes (a French concept by LMdW) with Captain Burn’s expressions. I decided to take home the youngest and oldest whiskies: this Auchroisk 1999 and a Glen Elgin 1975.

 

Auchroisk 1999 | Captain Burn'sAuchroisk 1999
(46%, Captain Burn’s 2010)

Nose: very malty: barley notes, grist, some beer. Vanilla. Quite youngish, with some pear notes and coconut. Lemon. A light distillate that’s quite simple and even then not entirely smooth. Meh. Mouth: sweet and grainy. Cereals. Grapefruit. Slowly drifts towards bitter notes (ginger tonic, aspirin) and nutty notes (walnuts). A little astringent and resinous. Finish: medium length, quite chemical and too biting.

Grainy and simple is alright, but with the chemical edge it would be crazy to choose this over a well-made blend. Now that wasn’t the best blind buy ever. Around € 60 for a full bottle, or € 8 for this 5 cl sample.

Score: 68/100

Auchroisk 1999 (Captain Burn’s) 1 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-19

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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