SMWS 95.48 Starless sky with a big full moon

Posted 01 July 2021 by Matt / In Auchroisk
The Dramble reviews SMWS 95.48 Starless sky with a big full moon

Bottle Name: 95.48 Starless sky with a big full moon

ABV: 55.8%
Distillery: Auchroisk
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Region: Speyside Age: 15

13 years in 1st fill ex-bourbon and then an additional 2 years in an STR oloroso seasoned barrique for this Auchroisk.

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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.

Score: 87/100

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