Auchroisk 20 (2010 Diageo Special Release) Review

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.

Auchroisk 15 (Murray McDavid 1992) Review

This is a 15 year Auchroisk that was a blend of bourbon/syrah maturations that was finished in additional Syrah cask before being bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Pickled vegetables with smoked meats, burnt oak, over ripe bananas – wine influence is very dark here but slightly closed off.

Palate: Wine finish really explodes here with a dessert wine profile full of pears, black cherries, and bubble gum while slightly grassy notes linger in the background.

Finish: Surge of fruit punch leaving with bitter oak and spiced jams.

Rating: 86/100 – Not for the faint of heart when it comes to heavy wine influence – very sweet and rich, but quite good if you like that style.

Value for the money: I think these retailed for around $80 or so, and I think that’s a very fair price given comparable bottles like the Companta which retail for $100.