Dewar Rattray Auchroisk Tasting Notes

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Auchroisk, Scotch Whisky A-G

Dewar Rattray Auchroisk 1999 (21 year old) 56.6%

Bourbon Cask 7532/ Dist: 1999 Btl: Jan 2013/ Tasted: Feb 2013

A very oily, oak dominated nose with a large amount of caramel and toffee. Quite mature with some dense barley and a touch of spice.

The palate is dry and woody with oily barley and a touch of caramel. Good depth if a touch on the simple side. Building alcohol gives a mouth-watering middle and there is a light honey note in the finish.

With water the nose has become transformed. A lot fresher and quite luscious now, with hints o light tangerine. Now it has opened there is a lovely depth and purity of citrus fruit. The palate is light and if one was being rather critical it is a touch watery to begin with but it develops a lightly oiled, orange Muscat note as the citrus gets going in a juicy fashion and finishes with a touch of grass.

AD Rattray Auchroisk 1991 (23 year old) 56.5%

Bourbon Hogshead 7533/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Aug 2014

Now, that’s an interesting nose! Furry gooseberry skin, green apple, kiwi and a touch of unsweetened melon. I wasn’t expecting that! Earthy, herbal rye-like notes follow along with some grippy spices and hints of dried baked fruit and citrus. With time some buttery oak appears. Interesting!

The palate opens with the citrus and grippy spices plus plenty of green fruit mingling with baked, malty fruit, coffee, a touch of treacle coated dried fruit. The finish is intense, dusty and dry with hints of bitter liquorice, dark toffee, cardamom and black peppercorns.

Water really wakes the nose up! It now shows a beautiful citrus character with shimmering barley, damp straw and a touch of manure and a touch of granulated sugar. The palate has become as vibrant and citrusy as the nose with the crunchy sugar coated barley coming to the fore. Wow! This is a real breakfast malt! Hints of toasted banana, toffee and apricot come through on the finish.

A.D Rattray Auchroisk 1993 (23 year old) 49.1%

Bourbon Cask 8641/ Dist: 1993 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Crisp and fresh aromas of floral white fruit, succulent honey, pollen heavy flowers and barley along with subtle malt, toffee, dusty oak and hints of vanilla.

The palate is pleasantly light and crisp with sweet-ish white fruit, toffee and honey. Subtle but deep with oily apricot and hints of petrol, wood spice and barley on the middle. A little drying on the finish but the toasty toffee’d oak and honey balance.

Dewar Rattray Auchroisk 1993 (23 year old) 49.1%

Bourbon Hogshead 8641/ Dist: Feb 1993 Btl: Mar 2016/ Re-Tasted: Sept 2016

Dense, honeyed and herbal aromas with barley, apricot and fragrant oak. Distinctly old skool Auchroisk with late hints of toffee, coffee and sweet-scented barley.

The palate is full and buttery with dense slabs of honey and barley. Lightly mineral on the middle with hints of citrus and crisp, white fruit. Good length with a tongue tingling citric finish along with supporting oak and hints of grass.


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