Todays review is another single cask release from Claxtons independent bottlers. I have had the pleasure to review 3 of thier single casks so far and they were all very good so I have high expectations for this one.
Auchroisk distillery was first founded to produce high quality malt for some of the world’s most famous blenders of Scotch whiskies. The first single malt showcasing the outstanding quality of Auchroisk was not released until 1986 and was given the easier to pronounce name of Singleton. This sample has spent a whopping 25 years in a bourbon hogshead.
CASK TYPE: Bourbon Hogshead
CASK NO: 1604-7479
NO. OF BOTTLES: approx. 280
Bottled at 51.7% abv.
Nose.. Lots of fresh fruits and very floral, apples and pears take control with apple blossom and fresh heather on a early spring morning, vanilla and honey back it up with some sweetness.
Palate.. A little spicy at first but the fruity tang soon comes into play with apples and poached pear, a little apricot and a hint of melon, caramel with honey and toffee notes mingle with some oak notes.
Finish.. A good medium length with oak and spices battling for the last word.
Thoughts.. These guys are picking some rather nice casks, this is once again worthy of the Claxton name. This cask has lots of depth and bold flavours.
Thanks to the team at Claxtons for this official sample.