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27 Nov 2012

Auchroisk 30 year old (2012)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Auchroisk

This is the oldest Auchroisk ever released by the distillers, bottled from a mix of re-fill bourbon and European sherry casks, all filled in 1982. It’s part of the Diageo Special Releases of 2012. In 2010 there already was a 20 years old sister.


Auchroisk 30 yo 2012Auchroisk 30 yo 1982
(54,7%, OB 2012, 2976 btl.)

Nose: stewed fruits (apricots, yellow plums and mango) and lots of figs and dates. Some vanilla and orange peel. Quite sweet, but there’s a nice lemon / mint note to freshen it up. Nice honey and beeswax, as well as some dusty libraries! There’s also a spicy / grassy undertone and roasted nuts. Elegant and nicely old, with plenty of little nuances. Mouth: suddenly much spicier (pepper, cloves, nutmeg) and drier with a hint of coffee powder. It shows quite an intense oaky side, leather and eucalyptus. Herbal tea and something burnt. Still some honey, vanilla and dried fruits to bring some roundness, but too little too late. Finish: long, spicy and dry with some tannins and umami notes.

Not sure about this one. It certainly shows some of the nice, mature Speyside elements, but it also twists and turns and isn’t able to hide the heavy wood influence. Around € 240.

Score: 87/100

Auchroisk 30 year old (2012) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-27
  • Ricardo

    Did you try this with a spot of water? Just curious if that might change anything.



November 2014
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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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