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The Auchroisk distillery was built by Justerini & Brooks in 1974, to ensure a steady supply of malt whisky for their J&B blend. The land and springs, including the water source, Dorie’s Well, were bought for £5million. Although launched as a blending malt, master blender Jim Milne declared the quality of the bourbon-matured whisky sound enough to be sold as single-malt; however, it was still missing something. Accordingly, the spirit was given a year in sherry casks, which produced a much fuller, and fundamentally, more complex flavour. Although not sold as Auchroisk (pronounced ‘OH-thrusk’) - the company deemed the name difficult to read - the distillery’s own bottlings were first sold, up until 2001, under the name Singleton and in 1986 the first bottling, a twelve year-old, was released under this name.

A very large distillery with substantial storage facilities- enough to hold 265,000 casks - Auchroisk is large enough to hold storage for other distilleries as well. Originally part of the group IDV, comprising of W A Gilbey and Justerini & Brooks, in February of 1972 the group was purchased by Watney Mann and, in July, merged with Grand Metropolitan. After the merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan in 1997, Auchroisk is currently under the ownership of Diageo. The distillery is still young and, as such, the range is small, based mainly around the ten year-old.

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About Auchroisk Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 885000

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

3 580 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Mulben, Banffshire

Distillery Website


Building of the distillery commences by Justerini and Brooks (which, together with W. A. Gilbey, made up the group IDV) in order to produce blending whisky. In February the same year IDV is purchased by the brewery Watney Mann which, in July, merges into Grand Metropolitan.


The distillery is completed and despite the intention of producing malt for blending the first year’s production is sold 12 years later as single malt thanks to the high quality.


The first whisky is marketed under the name Singleton.


Grand Metropolitan and Guinness merge into the conglomerate Diageo. Simultaneously, the subsidiaries United Distillers (to Guinness) and International Distillers & Vintners (to Grand Metropolitan) form the new company United Distillers & Vintners (UDV).


The name Singleton is abandoned and the whisky is now marketed under the name of Auchroisk in the Flora & Fauna series.


Apart from the 10 year old in the Flora & Fauna series, a 28 year old from 1974, the distillery’s first year, is launched in the Rare Malt series.

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This was distilled at the Auchroisk distillery on the 20th February 1990. It was aged for 22 years in a single hogshead (number 3658) before bottling for Signatory in late 2012. A release of 229...  More info
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Pronounced 'OH-thrusk', this 28 year old is a great example of a classically matured Speyside whisky.  More info
Ah, an Auchroisk! This Speyside single malt was distilled back in the heady days of April 1992 and then matured in a bourbon hogshead. 23 years later, in August 2014, the cask was cracked open and the...  More info
A single cask Auchroisk. This was distilled on the 17th October 1979, matured for 26 years in sherry butt number 25427 before bottling by Signatory on the 22nd March 2006. A release of 592...  More info
From the excellent Auchroisk distillery comes this 22 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Nectar of the Daily Drams range in Belgium. It was distilled in the heady days of 1990 and...  More info
A sherry butt matured Auchroisk (a distillery known for its sweet and spicy flavour), this was distilled on the 19th September 1979 and aged for 29 years in cask number 22450 before bottling by...  More info
Matured in part ex-Bourbon and part ex-Sherry casks, this superb 20yo from Auchroisk was one of the stand-out malts released by Diageo in 2010 as part of their annual 'special releases'.  More info
Distilled in 1991 and aged in cask 16022, this is a phenomenally intense, rich Auchroisk, bottled by top wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
This was distilled in 1988 at the Auchroisk distillery. It was aged in a very small "octave cask", which was made entirely without sherry wood (cask 770686). The result is a very unusual, rich whisky...  More info
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