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Auchroisk 20-year-old

Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
197
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2010
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
American & European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
5856
Strength
58.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281027388
Added on
03 Nov 2010 11:07 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 205.01

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Whisky Reviews for Auchroisk 20-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Grand

    This Auchroisk was part of the Special Releases from Diageo in 2010. A little less than 6.000 bottles were filled at a strength of 58.1%. It’s a combination of American and European oak. Last November I tried the 30 years old that was presented in 2012. I am very much looking forward to this one.

    Complex and very aromatic, that is the least you can say of this nose. Very fruity on banana, peach, pineapple, oranges and quince. Wonderful honey and quite a bit of almond oil. Coconut and buttercups. Sultanas and some candied lemon. A bit zesty, a bit waxy.

    On the palate it is very sweet and fruit, but immediately very, very spicy. Both the alcohol and a spiciness as if from allspice, white pepper and liquorice makes me gasp for breath for a moment. Once the malt has settle on your taste buds, it offers a lovely panoply of white and yellow fruit, both European and tropical, upholstered with laurel and green spices. Very creamy, by the way. Grand.

    The finish is very long, warm and mildly drying, but remains deliciously sweet until the death.

    Very impressive Auchroisk indeed! The difference with the 30 years old is pretty small. Too small to warrant the difference in price. I’ll take this one!

  2. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Dramned! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    As is often the case, real pearls are hidden behind less known distilleries. This is one. With not too high expectations, I approached this whisky and its gradually developing complexity and its wonderfully structured aromas could really inspire me. The mixture of American and European oak barrels has resulted in a very balanced taste experience here. And I think that's also such a whisky that will benefit a lot from a longer open bottle.
    • Nose
      Immediately I have an incredible spice in my nose, which probably comes from the barrels. Under the rather dry-acting calibration load, sweet malty notes and, above all, light raisins and a creamy quince jelly are concealed. In addition, sour-sour lemon zest, ripe apples, lightly roasted hazelnuts and hard pears. Even oak wood is always present with beautiful crunchy aromas after deposited dry logs.
    • Taste
      The high alcohol content makes it start warm and peppery, dry seasoned oak and spicy honey fight for the flavor predominance, which ultimately emanates in favor of the beautiful full sweetness. Overall, the body is heavy and oily, spicy green olive oil, ripe mirabelles, crunchy green apples, cooked pears with cloves and again beautiful pickled raisins further round off the flavor and open up ever new profiles. The oak remains always present and underlays everything with a beautiful carpet of dry tannins and deep dark chocolate. Delicate roasting aromas are reminiscent of a strong espresso.
    • Finish
      Wonderfully sweet ripe apricots and peaches, fresh malt and the sweetness of fresh barley stalks. Getting fatter and creamy-sweet, the finish is eternal and I continue to wear it for a long time.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Mild, soft. A lot of wood. Vanilla, honey. Nice, round malt.

  5. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A tasty sweet, fruity and spicy whisky.
    • Nose
      Green apples
      White grapes
      Orange peels
      Vanilla

      Later these scents come up:
      Mowed grass
      Marzepein
    • Taste
      Green apples
      White grapes
      Orange peels
      Vanilla
      Herbs
    • Finish
      Fruity
      Spicy
      Marzepein
      Sweet / red fruit
      White grape
      Apple

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      It starts quite friendly, with soft notes to honey, oaken tones, vanilla, chocolate chip cookies and creamy cake. Nice depth in this one. After a while it becomes more pronounced, with some oranges next to the earlier mentioned notes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      according to the label, this one has has quite some alcohol, but it just gives me a small delicate burn after a while. Wet leaves, laurel leaves, some spices and herbs you would use in a nice stew, mocha and a hint of caramel. Nice thick mouthfeel as well
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and oily, sweet wood with some assortment of nuts. after a while it dies away with a nice coffee candy lingering sweetness with some drying old oak.

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very strong, but delicious.
    • Nose
      It begins discreetly. Almost like hay in the meadow. Behind a sweet cherry compote. But the oak is not too short. He needs some time ...
    • Taste
      A wonderful oak aroma in the taste ... and then comes the bums! Nice start. Very spicy in the taste, the hay stays in the head. Very dry on the tongue, wood and dust.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, with soft wood notes.

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