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Auchroisk 11 Year Old 2007 - Cask Strength (Mossburn) Whisky

(70cl, 57.4%)

Auchroisk 11 Year Old 2007 - Cask Strength (Mossburn)

Auchroisk 11yo Mossburn Bottling Note

This single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside-based distillery Auchroisk has been bottled at cask strength, without any colouring or chill filtration. It was distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2018 as part of the Mossburn Cask Strength series - a collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies drawn from a limited and select batch of casks, with each release yielding a finite number of bottles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Intense notes of smoky and sherry, with lemon freshness cutting through.

Palate: Warming spices and oak paired with sweet toffee.

Finish: Cereal notes and orange peel.

Reviews for Auchroisk 11 Year Old 2007 - Cask Strength (Mossburn)
This is from a distillery that usually only sources its malts for blends and third-party bottlings, including Mossburn. This release was distilled at Auchroisk (Speyside) in 2007, and then "aged in cask" by Mossburn for 11 years. The labels say "Cask Bill HHD". I reached out to Mossburn via email and was promptly informed that these are refill ex-bourbon Hogsheads. My bottling is from 23.08.2018.

From the bottle: Sweet and mellow. Malt, fruit, caramel, honey, herbal, vanilla, ex-bourbon cask influence.
Neat, in the glass: Heavy malt with overpowering ABV that shuts off most other notes. This is probably not designed to be nosed neat.
With water (a few drops): Doesn't open up much, in fact it barely changes at all. This clearly needs a lot more.
With a spoonful of water (per dram): Now this is more like it. Pleasantly malty, light fruits (apple, pear), a nice dose of caramel and honey, some herbal notes, followed by vanilla, with faint cask. Well balanced. Smells like a cross between a Glenfiddich and a Macallan, so yes it's basically Speyside meets Highland. I like it.

Neat: Malt and ABV overpowers everything. It's also on the sour side. This is definitely not designed to be tasted neat.
With water (a few drops): Just like the nose, this doesn't help much. We need to go deeper...
With a spoonful of water (per dram): Bingo. Now this is a proper whisky. Initially on the fruity and sweet side (caramel, honey, vanilla), gradually shifting to green tea and other herbs. Once again, it's like like a cross between Glenfiddich and Macallan. It's not anything special, but it's still a decent dram.

Neat: Once again, this is clearly not designed for neat consumption. The finish is sour and even a bit bitter. Get the water in here ASAP.
With water (a few drops): See above!
With a spoonful of water (per dram): Even like this, the finish is somewhat short and lacking. It's still a nice cross between Speyside and Highland, but it's simply so thin that it's barely there at all. The ex-bourbon oak influence is somehow very mild. Where did the 11 years go? This is totally not what you expect from cask strength.

Final thoughts: all things considered, this is really more of a DIY kit than a standalone single malt whisky. It should therefore be approached accordingly. If you're looking to experiment with cask strength then yes, it's worth it. Otherwise, you might want to stick with proper malts out of the bottle.
one year ago
Great, nice kick and an another whisky few a drop of water
Proposed during a tasting, it really stood out as powerful and yet pleasant.
It has quite a kick at the beginning but has a really nice touch at the end. At the nose it is really interesting as well.

If you also want an entirely new whisky I recommend using a drop or two of water. It gives you an entire new beverage to drink. (Emphasis on a drop or two).
, France
2 years ago
Beautiful whisky
I've bought quite a few different versions of Auchroisk in the past and they've all been excellent. This one is no exception. The spirit they produce in this distillery must be of a very high quality, in my opinion. Even at full strength, this is very smooth but with some added water the dram just opens up and becomes so flavoursome it's hard not to pour another and another......
All in all, a real beauty!
, United Kingdom
3 years ago

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