Instagram photo by whisky_roverThis week one by one we're going through the whiskies that made up the Cadenheads Odd Squad Of Old but Gold tasting. 7 whiskies amounting to over 200 years maturation. The full piece is online over at WR (link in bio) and here its the Auchroisk 28 year old.
Bottled at 42.8% Bourbon Cask, a Small Batch release that will set you back around Â£107.
Colour: a light haze
Nose: an very malty arrival almost Ovaltine in punch, plenty of cereal notes and a lemon sponge cake. The freshness cuts through the density and there's a black tea element and nuttinessÂ in the mix. Diluted oranges which is a surprise given the cask type and a touch of salt.
Taste: a sweet caramel arrival, moving into bitterness from the wood and a surprisingly quick finish. Returning there's a pepper aspect, more spice with nutmeg and a hint of blood orange.
Overall: an interesting nose certainly, not hugely layered yet very distinctive. The palate is lightweight and more of a cleanser for what lay ahead. A classic Speysider for the blenders.