13 years in 1st fill ex-bourbon and then an additional 2 years in an STR oloroso seasoned barrique for this Auchroisk.
Nose: Fresh, bright and crisp sherry – strawberry foam sweets and chews together with raspberry tarts, dates and prunes. Chocolate sauce is livened by cinnamon sticks whilst a mug of hot chocolate is served with orange pralines, citrus oils and barley water. Reduction reveals crunchy toffee and gooey caramel together with nougat and oatcakes.
Taste: Richly composed and with an agreeable weight throughout. Cookie dough sits with orange segments, whilst plump sherried raisins are lifted by chocolate orange and scattered mandarin peels. A coffee and walnut sponge is livened with berry cordial and doubled down with a slice of banana bread. Dilution expresses a highly creamy body with oranges taking charge – jellies, oils and juices – all fresh and sweet.
Finish: Medium with chocolate sauces and perky cinnamon spicing.
A wonderfully structured Auchroisk that has been well-judged in terms of its time spend within the oloroso STR. Everything is where is should be here. Completely enjoyable and certainly recommended.