This is a 20 year Auchroisk that was bottled in 2010 as part of the Diageo Special Releases for that year. It’s bottled at 58.1% ABV.
Nose: Subtle berries and cream with mild oak, sligthly sour malt, dry herbs, and a bit of vanilla. Overall, a very subtle/muted nose – with a bit of water some apple peels and clay notes emerged.
Palate: Very viscous mouthfeel with strong oak notes. Subtle berries here again with mascarpone – again quite muted overall. With water, some fresh apple notes emerge again.
Finish: Mild oak and vanilla with a bit of mango and anise.
Rating: 83/100 – A delicate dram with subdued notes – I wish it was a bit bolder overall.
Value for the money: These range in retail in the US – the lowest I’ve seen is around $130 and Binny’s has it for $180 right now. I’ve thought about buying this in the past from my local at the $130 price, but I think I’ll pass after trying the sample.