Auchroisk, one of the youngest distilleries in scotland(founded 1974), and also a very rare malt to be bottled as a single malt. Located in central speyside, owned by Diageo. This bottling has been matured in a single refill hogshead, and is bottled by Douglas Laing.
Distilled: 1975, bottled, 2009. Number of bottles: 228. Cask: #5522
Nose: Gummybears, salt licourice, snickers(the chocolate bar), orange chocolate, lemonoil and hints of bay leaves. Cinnamon, cured meat, mayonnaise?, apple cake with plenty of baked apples. Hints of bananas, syrup, spiced tea and shaving cream. With water, brown sugar appears, sweet mustard and hops(never found that before..). Subtle hint of sherry-vinegar and dry wood dust/pencil shavings. Big and rich nose.
Palate: Oily and warm, like a big warm blanket of flavour is covering your tounge. Syrup, chilli, gingerbread, herbs and musli. Some bitter honey and overripe plums. With water, there’s caramelpudding, onions and more spices. Long finish.
Rich and complex, fantastic stuff! Thanks to Håvard(http://whiskymoro.com/) for the sample.