This third-ever release of Diageo’s Special Release of Speyside-based Auchroisk was distilled in 1990 and aged in a mix of refill American oak and refill European oak casks. See also Diageo’s two prior Auchroisk releases in 2010 and 2012.
The nose is mild and quite restrained, with light notes of iodine, roasted grain, baked apples, and a squeeze of lemon eventually coming to light. The palate offers more of an impactful experience, showing a racier, zesty citrus edge, a bold, almost pungent, graininess, and a finish that offers both some black pepper and green bell pepper character. As the finish fades, a warm and slightly nutty character hangs on for quite some time.
While finding Auchroisk as a single malt remains a rarity, this expression largely comes across as a curiosity.
102.4 proof. Less than 600 bottles available in the U.S.