An 11-year-old Auchroisk from James Eadie's "Cask Finishes" series, this has seen the inside of a first-fill oloroso cask.
This was distilled 29 September 2008 and was finished for 19 months in a European oak first-fill oloroso sherry cask. Bottled 2020, it was drawn from cask #814606 at 58.5%. The cask yielded 268 bottles.
A heavy, nutty and spicy whisky the dark fruit, chocolate and fortified notes are strong here.
Founded in 1974, Auchroisk goes into a range of Diageo's blends and is quite versatile. Sometimes grassy, it almost always has an element of spiciness to it.
Nose: A big dosage of ume plums and kirsch liqueur at first is followed dark chocolate and raisin toast. Time in the glass brings brown sugar and golden syrup.
Palate: A powerful onset of freeze dried raspberries and cocoa dusted truffles. Water brought out more of the dried fruit characteristic and didn’t overwhelm this dram. Cola nut and dense timber broaden the spiciness from the already spicy Auchroisk spirit.
Finish: As the peppery oak subsides there is a lovely tang from the grapes left on the palate. Certainly not “winey” it’s definitely a foritied, muscat like flavour that remains and requests another sip… If you dare!
James Eadie is an independent bottler that takes the name of a 160-year-old brand, named after the famed brewer of the same name. Born 1827, Eadie was perhaps best known for his self-made brewery but also released a brand of blended Scotch, under the Trade Mark “X” brand.
Over 110 years after his death in 1904, Rupert Patrick – a great-grandson of Eadie – has brought the name back with the blend but also a single malt, single cask bottling arm. Patrick had worked form Macleod Distillers, Beam Suntory and Diageo before stepping out on his own and is recognised as a Keeper of the Quaich.
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