Auchroisk 1989 27 year old (Cadenheads)

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Bottle: This was the 2016 Cadenhead’s club bottling released to members in exchange for their reward stamps. Have a look at the Cadenhead club membership details if curious…

Nose: Mild acetone initially shifting to burnt matches, cocktail cherries and ending with walnuts and polished brass. Quite a lot going here, rather good and worth slowing down for…

Body: Medium and waxy.

Palate: Marmalade, toffee, molasses and some herbs of Provence at the end.

Finish: Long. Molasses comes back, tobacco, bitter chocolate and a lot of aniseed.

Neat/Ice/Water: 57.3%.  It’s hot when drunk neat and it’s quite a ride. With a little water it calms down but too much so, it loses a bit of it’s soul. Neat.

Verdict: Quaffable. This is a dram that commands your full attention. It’s been turned up to 11. That means the good parts like the nose and the burnt sugary notes are easily enjoyed but it also means a few imperfections stand out more than they otherwise would. The herbal touches are a bit out of sync with the rest of the character and the enormous aniseed finish carpet bombs everything else into submission. On the whole though, it’s pretty good. Only 360 bottles and I imagine it will be hard to find now as it was originally only released to Cadenhead club members, although it may pop up at auction from time to time. A quick flick through various winning bids and it can go for anything between £100-£150. Having killed 2 of these I wouldn’t shell out that much for a third, but I’m more than satisfied considering I got these for a few stamps…

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