Review – The Singleton of Auchroisk 1976

Auchroisk (pronounced ‘oth-rusk’) Distillery was built in 1972 to provide malt whisky for the J&B blends and was initially branded as ‘The Singleton” when it was first bottled as a single malt in 1986.

In the late 1990’s it was acquired by IDV, which eventually became Diageo.

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This particular bottling dates from 1976 and as the distillery only started production in 1974 it is from a very early period in the history of the distillery.

Singleton of Auchroisk, 1976, OB, 40%abv, from my collection (auction only)

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Appearance: Honeyed Copper.

Nose: The nose is mainly caramel and soft toffee however has quite a lemon and orange hit, perhaps then limoncello toffee? orange fudge? Theres a little undertone of malt and a spot of ginger. Alongside this there are some juicy read apples, black tea and balsa wood.

Palate: The palate is surprisingly biscuity, cantuccini biscotti to be more specific. There is a sprinkling of mixed nuts before elements of raisins, light tobacco and apricots lead to the finish, but not before the interjection of some subtle spices.

Finish: The finish is the first time the tannins reveal themselves fully, nutty and drying. There is a good butteriness and a touch of chocolate.

This is dangerously drinkable stuff. Pleasantly fruity but with a bit of body and some decent butteriness to make it interesting.

My first OB Auchroisk and I’ll definitely be on the hunt for more.

A bottle sourced and shared by top whisky gentleman Tom Thomson over at Toms Whisky Reviews.

Find more Auchroisk reviews and news over at The Archive.

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