Auchroisk 10 year old Flora & Fauna 43%.
30ml sample Feb 2022.
Dark golden. A touch too dark to be wholesome but not ridiculously engineered-looking either.
Aroma is damp bread, polished metal, apple, some cheap mint imperials and damp fur coat.
Taste is again bready, softly salted. Simple but rounded and cohesive flavour. When I say it’s salty it’s a very integrated salt-crusted-bread sort of vibe – not brine or the intense alcoholic ‘saltiness’ you see in many whiskies. Pitched at a perfect level.
Nicely put together, as most of the Flora and Fauna range are. I realise I haven’t said much to describe the flavour, which is a symptom of this whisky having such a subtle and cohesive one. You have to dig so hard to find the sweet liquorice, apple pie (crust-heavy), subtle spices, light woody nuances out of the semi-sweet, semi-dry, semi-salty whole. Gorgeous actually.
'Tickers' of any foods naturally gravitate towards the big bold flavours, but you have to appreciate something as nuanced, balanced, soft and simply as well-made as this while it’s in front of you.
I’m sure there’s significant batch variation but this was surprisingly good. If I could guarantee that this always tasted the same, I’d always have a bottle in the house – it’s as simple as that. Unfortunately my experience of the F&F range is that despite the general high quality you should expect extreme deviation/variability. 3.75/89