A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt.
From Auchroisk, an active distillery on Speyside, rarely seen as a single malt.
A third limited release in this series.
From a mix of refill American Oak hogsheads & refill European Oak butts filled in 1990.
Just 3,954 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
Appearance: Amber gold. Long-legged beading.
Nose: Light and precise, soon growing in depth and complexity. Top notes of fresh, crisp, juicy fruit (orange peel, pear skin) are backed by fragrant almond oil. Later, leather and the merest suggestion of smoke. Water attractively increases the scented oil and brings up aniseed and fruit salad (tinned pears).
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. With a little water, slimmer, still cooling and not so sweet as the perfume grows and the heat reduces in favour of a softer spiciness. This descends into an attractive drier nuttiness, developing as dark chocolate, with hints of menthol and a grating of orange zest. Still fresh and well balanced, with a pleasing chewy texture.
Finish: Sustained and warming, with liquorice and peppermint cordial, notes of green pistachio, and finally, of aniseed and clove.