Whisky Focus - Auchroisk 20 Year Old Diageo Special Releases 2010

Auchroisk 20 Year Old Special Release 2010

11th October 2010
Auchroisk 20 Year Old

One of two Speyside whiskies in the 2010 Special Releases which seldom become available at any age, still less at 20 years plus.

This rare Auchroisk has been released after 20 years in a mix of American and European Oak Casks, making it a "poised, sweet and astonishingly sophisticated dessert whisky", say tasters.

Bottled at its natural cask strength of 58.1% ABV, it is a limited edition of only 6000 individually numbered bottles and has a RRP of £115.

Auchroisk 20 Year Old Tasting Notes

Appearance: Lustrous antique gold. Light beading and texture.

Nose: No or very little nose prickle; immediately deeper and richer than you might expect. Starts as creamy, nutty, vanilla toffee, crème brûlée perhaps, with syrup sponge in the background. Then fresher traces of fruit cake mix, or a bunch of sweet, ripe dessert grapes (each suggesting a little European oak) and apple dumpling,
eventually becoming an entire fruiterer’s shop. Adding a good splash of water delivers a sweet and fruity nose; light, but with some depth. There’s a clear Speyside focus, with tinned fruit and an underlying rich, Christmas pudding-like maltiness.

Body: Medium oily. Creamier with water.

Taste: Warming at cask strength. Rich and nutty yet also dusty. Then, in turn: toffee, caramel, tangy fresh fruits; biscuit, short pastry, fig rolls. With water the mouth-feel is more soft and creamy and the taste is sweet throughout, suggesting hints of plum pudding and brandy sauce.

Finish: Short. Dark, earthy chocolate and hints of tropical fruit. Later oak.

Other 2010 Diageo Special Releases

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Diageo Special Releases Availability

On sale in most markets in Europe, but not all markets take all 9 products. Also available in selected global duty free outlets.

In the US market, the following will be available: Lagavulin 12 year old, Caol Ila 12 year old, Talisker 30 year old, Glenkinchie 20 year old, Cragganmore 21 year old, Glen Spey 21 year old, and Auchroisk 20 year old.

Where To Buy The Diageo Special Releases

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