SMWS 95.23 A psychedelic landscape?

Posted 04 April 2019 by Matt / In Auchroisk
The Dramble reviews SMWS 95.23 A psychedelic landscape?

Bottle Name: 95.23 A psychedelic landscape

ABV: 58.4%
Distillery: Auchroisk
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Region: Speyside

12 year old Auchroisk – matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead since January 2006. View on SMWS

Nose: Rather floral – rose hips, Turkish Delight, dried grasses and reeds. Rather fruity – poached pears and raspberry syrup. The two sit together nicely. In the background, fresh cotton laundry, and crumbled biscuits. The addition of water adds some spice – Sichuan pepper (not hot – hints of lemon/lime) as well as forest aromas of bracken and leaf mulch.

Taste: A dry spirit with tart fruitiness – grapefruit, gooseberry and under ripe pears. Ex-bourbon pushes through with vanilla cream, wood chips, pencil shavings and sappy oak. Dilution adds desiccated coconut, vanilla, cookie dough and toasted cereals.

Finish: Medium, expressing fading ginger and overt ex-bourbon wood.

The fruits and florals combine well in this Auchroisk, but I found the mid palate through to finish explicitly woody – which is not really my ‘thing’. Nothing to complain about though – perfectly decent juice.

Score: 78/100


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