Auchroisk 15 year old
Auchroisk 15 year old is a very limited Scotch release from this Speyside distillery. This whisky is rarely seen bottled as a single malt as most of it is used for blends such as J&B. This rare specimen shows the unaltered character of the whisky at full cask strength, with no chill filtration involved and showing its natural colour. Pure delight.
Auchroisk distillery was built in 1972 by International Distillers & Vintners (IDV) with the intention of producing spirit destined for blends. The delicate and elegant palate of Auchroisk whisky became a very important component in the J&B blends.
When the whisky was released in 1986 it quickly became a favourite among writers and judges. For unknown reasons the whisky was never mass released. In a pioneering move, the 10 year old spirit was moved from ex-bourbon barrels to sherry casks for a further 2 year maturation period. What we now know as 'finishing' or even 'double maturation' was being done by Auchroisk without much fanfare back in the 1980's. It was Balvenie and Glenmorangie distilleries the ones that carried on with this ageing technique and eventually became regarded as the inventors of this process.
In 2001 the Singleton Auchroisk was pulled out from the market and today the closest thing to an official release is the Flora & Fauna bottling. The distillery's extensive grounds are used by Diageo as a warehousing complex.