Part of Diageo's Special Releases for 2016, this is only the 3rd time Auchroisk has been included in the annual releases (the last time was 2012). Auchroisk does not have a standard range available as the vast majority of the whisky it produces is used in the Diageo blends (Johnnie Walker), and thus there are very few official bottles available. Matured in American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts distilled in 1990, only 3,954 bottles are available worldwide. Bottled at cask strength of 51.2%.
Nose: Light and precise, soon growing in depth and complexity.
Palate: Initially cool and sweet, with fresh acidity and a light smooth texture, then quickly hotter, with spicy fruit, as in a spiced fruit tea-cake.
Finish: Sustained and warming, with notes of liquorice and peppermint cordial, green pistachio and clove.