Off to Auchroisk for a down the line refill ex-bourbon hogshead that has been left alone for 13 years.
Nose: Fresh, crisp and clean. Clean cotton and crème patisserie join sugared lime segments, balled melon and a hearty glug of ginger ale. A bunch of slapped mint gives way split vanilla pod, and baked tart cases. Dilution expresses Rich Tea biscuits, and light floral touches of camomile.
Taste: The arrival has some zing, but not unwanted bite. That zing comes primarily from stem ginger – piquant and mingled with saffron, green apple slices, honeydew melon and pressed cotton sheets. Water offers a real syrupy fruit salad, combining the aforementioned white fruits with tangerines and spoons of peach yoghurt.
Finish: Medium, with fading core fruits and residual sweet/sour zing and pressed flower floralness.
The purity of this Auchorisk is really rather pleasant indeed. Bright and fresh flavours throughout and a dram which really opens up on the palate when diluted. Me likey.