Auchroisk 1990 25 YO (Special Release 2016)
Auchroisk 1990 25 YO (Special Release 2016), 51,2 %
...and with this I believe I have reviewed all the Diageo Special Releases for 2016, except for the Port Ellen. That one was simply out of my price range, even for a sample. This Auchroisk 1990 25 YO (Special Release 2016) marks the third time Auchroisk is included in the annual Diageo Special Releases. Previously we have seen a 20 YO in 2010 and a 30 YO in 2012.
This release has been matured in a combination of American oak hogheads and refill European oak butts. The total outturn was limited to 3954 bottles.
Nose: Fresh and light. Grapes and a touch of raisins. Vanilla, canned fruit dessert, and some oakiness. Earthy with light vegetal notes after a few minutes.
Taste: Oily and full bodied mouthfeel. Honey, caramel and vanilla. Medium spiciness - white pepper, nutmeg and ginger.
Finish: Medium long finish. A touch oaky. The honey like sweetness lingers.
Comments: Solid and well-balanced, but not quite up there with the best.
Sláinte! - Thomas