BTC sample 5 – Auchroisk 15, 57.6%

Another day, another sample. Yesterday I caught up a little bit by getting the ABV almost spot on and being not too far off on the age issue. Unfortunately, the region and therefore the distillery as well were off, so 49 points for me, out of 100.

Just under half isn’t too bad though, last year the winner had just under half of the possible amount. I just need a few good scores😉

Sniff:

Auchroisk 15, Creative Whisky Company

Another bourbon cask, I guess. Not as juicy and fresh as the one we tasted yesterday. Vanilla, burnt caramel bitterness. A sweet mix of spices and fruit. Some oak as well, but too defined.

Sip:
Dry and greasy at the same time. Caramel again, with wood, some sweet dry grain. Chaff as well, dry baked apple, cinnamon, ginger, bread crust, tree bark and something waxy. The waxy bits gets my mind running.

Swallow:
Sweet spices, lingering and slightly spicy with bread crust and wood. The waxy thing is back again.

The flavour profile, while I like it, can be dozens of distilleries. The waxy thing feels like beeswax and candles, which sends my mind in the direction of Clynelish. Without any doubt (or lack of other ideas…) I searched Whiskybase for anything sort of recent and decided to go for a bottling for a liquorshop in Leiden from 2011.

It turned out to be an Auchroisk 15 at a bit higher ABV than I guessed (no points there). And another +/- € 60 whisky added to my wishlist. I really like this stuff, and it shows good depth and great flavours.

Available at some shops in Germany, according to Whiskybase.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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