Just when you thought you were safe, here’s another review of one of the whiskies released in 2018 to commemorate Old Malt Cask’s 20th anniversary. Most recently from this series I’ve reviewed a Glen Garioch 24, a Teaninich 19, an Inchgower 20, an Ardmore 22, and a Tamdhu 20. All were in the good to very good range, with the Glen Garioch and the Ardmore teetering on the edge of excellence. I’m hopeful that this Auchroisk will be as good as those two—I’ve had other ex-bourbon Auchroisks of similar age that have been wonderfully fruity and malty and that’s a profile I really like—indeed it may be my current favourite profile. Let’s see if this fulfills my hopes.
Auchroisk 24, 1994 (50%; Old Malt Cask 20th Anniv. Release; from my own bottle)
Nose: Honey and big malty, almost bready notes. Beneath it is some toasted oak. As it sits there’s some tart apple and lemon peel as well. Muskier with a drop or two of water and there’s some cream too now.
Palate: Leads with the honey and the malt; the oak comes in as I swallow. Lovely rich texture. As it sits the honey transitions to citrus, acidic and slightly bitter (lime, lime peel). Water mostly renders things more indistinct.
Finish: Long. The fruit expands and get citrussy (lime) before it gets more musky. The oak gets peppery and gets the last word. Not as balanced with water.
Comments: No fireworks here, none of the lush fruit that I’ve found in other Auchroisks of this age: just very good malt whisky. And at its best neat, I’d say.
Rating: 87 points.