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.


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)


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.

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