Region: Speyside, Scotland.
Water source: Dorie’s Well
Ouput: 3.1 million litres alcohol per annum
The Auchroisk distillery is a whisky distillery in Banffshire, speyside Scotland. It was established after Dorie’s Well was discovered and found to have water similar to the water used by the Glen Spey distillery, which was used by Justerini & Brooks to produce malt whisky for their blends. The wells water was used to produce a test batch of whisky at Glen Spey distillery, and was approved, which led to the start of construction of the Auchroisk distillery at the site of the well in 1972 to produce whisky for the J&B blend. Production started in 1974.
The distillery produced its first single malt in 1978. The single malt was rebranded as ‘The Singleton’ in 1986, as the name ‘Auchroisk’ was perceived as too difficult for consumers outside Scotland. The name changed back to Auchroisk in 2001, when a bottleing was released under the name ‘Auchroisk 10 Year Old Flora & Fauna’ in the Diageo Flora & Fauna range. In 2008 the name was changed again, this time to ‘The Singleton of Auchroisk’.
The distillery is used as a hub for vatting Auchroisk with the highland whiskies used in J&B before being shipped off for marrying and bottling.
Auchroisk, the name of the distillery, means shallow ford across the red stream in Gaelic, referring to the nearby Mulben Burn.
Auchroisk Whisky Reviews:
- Auchroisk 10 Years Old Flora and Fauna (43%, OB, 2014) - Review: Auchroisk 10 Years Old Flora and Fauna Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Auchroisk distillery Bottling: Diageo ABV: 43% Cost: £49.63 from master of Malt Score: 85/100 What they say: […]
- Auchroisk 13 Years Old 2001 Small Batch (46%, Cadenheads, Bourbon HHs, 1008 Bottles, 2015) - Auchroisk 13 Years Old 2001 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £44.50 for 70cl available from Wm Cadenhead Score: 78/100 What they say: Bottled January 2015 This is a nice speyside […]
- Auchroisk 17 Years Old 1996 Treasurer’s Selection (49.8%, Robert Graham, Cask #1977, 252 Bottles, 2016) - A 17yo Single cask Auchroisk bottled by Robert Graham. Well imprinted with Auchroisk fruity distillery character. 83/100
- Auchroisk 6 Years Old 2009 Hepburn’s Choice (46%, Langside, Single Cask, 2015) - A spirit led expression with a crash course in American oak, great experiment but perhaps not the best indication of what either distillery or cask can do. 79/100
- The Singleton of Auchroisk 1976 (40%, OB, 1993) - Light bodied at 40% and smooth but with an entertaining toffee/coffee/chocolate flavour profile going on and a good taste of malty barley, some oak aging too, this seemed akin to many a good blend and I wonder if this expression was constructed in such a way as to appeal to the more common blend drinkers that would have dominated the consumer market. 85/100