Whisky Review: Auchroisk 17 Years Old 1996 Cask #1977 Robert Graham Treasurer’s Selection
- Category: Speyside single malt Scotch whisky
- Origin: Auchroisk Distillery
- Bottling: Robert Graham, Treasurer’s Selection
- ABV: 49.8%
- Cost: £125
What they say
Age: 17 year old
Bottled: November 2013
Cask number: 1977
Limited to 252 bottles
UnChill-Filtered Treasurer Selection
A cask-strength offering of 252 bottles from our exclusive Treasurer’s Selection range. Toffee caramel and shortbread biscuits with raisins on the nose, with a touch of gooseberry after a while breathing in the glass; the palate is buttery, thick and extraordinarily soft considering its ABV. There is the creamy butterscotch of Werther’s Originals, a little almond paste, and a smooth resolution into toffee on the finish. Mercifully rescued from blending stocks for a much-deserved presentation as a single malt.
What I say
Following on from sampling the 6 year old 2009 Auchroisk, which gave us a good sample of distillate/spirit character before we moved on to this slightly older Treasurer’s Selection bottling from Robert Graham.
Distilled in 1996 and matured for 17 years, presented at 49.8% ABV.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Champagne gold (4/20), medium tears and legs
- Nose: A hint of metallic copper again on the nose but then full into fruity and zesty nectarines, peach, apricot and grapefruits, old oak wood and a vanilla custard precede toffee and caramel sauce, much more rounded than the younger dram we tried previously
- Taste: On the palate, more stone and citrus fruits combine, pink grapefruit zest and pith, peach and apricot jam, gooseberry fool, biscuit malt, still a faint hint of metallic copper and some minerality, rich/highland toffee, oily and buttery on the palate, marzipan and light leathery tannins with a touch of putty/linseed oil
- Finish: Medium-long, zest, fruit and wood combine
A much more rounded and rewarding dram though with a remarkably similar base taste profile.
My experience of Auchroisk is limited but the output appears to be well imprinted with distillery character with quite an unusual fruitiness to it.
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