Hunter Laing Auchroisk Tasting Notes

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Auchroisk, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchroisk 2000 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2525/ HL11944

Dist: Oct 2000 Btl: Oct 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2015

A crisp and citric nose with hints of rose petals, barley, leafy herbs, earth and a smidge of baked fruit. It has quite an alcohol prickle and with time some oily toffee and lemon.

The palate is intense, barley’d and citric with oily barley and oak. Quite full on the middle as the apricot and light baked apple notes arrive, along with some tart citrus and buzzy spices. Long and barley’d with hints of clove, mint and coriander leaf in the finish along with some lightly bittering, dusty, milk chocolaty tannins and malt. 

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchroisk 1994 (18 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2283/ HL9877

Dist: Oct 1994 Btl: July 2013/ Tasted: Aug 2013

A malty and toffee’d nose with hints of citrus, grass and earth. With time the oak calms down and a little hot, herbal spirit can be discerned.

The palate is soft and toffee’d with a touch of burnt caramel. The oak again dominates. Lightly citrus on the middle but a little hot and short on the finish with some lingering malt and liquorice notes.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchroisk 1994 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2459/ HL11238

Dist: Jan 1994 Btl: Feb 2015/ Tasted: July 2015

Quite fresh, grassy and citric aromas of white fruit, lime and hints of vanilla, castor sugar and orange. Very evocative and summery with a hint of malt, mature fruit and coffee appearing with time.

A delicious palate, which shows a lovely combination of citrus and castor sugar to begin with. Lightly fragrant oak, grass, minerals and barley comes through along with a light coffee note. Beautiful, crisp, refreshing, almost tart finish but the juiciness and a touch of marzipan balance.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Auchroisk 1994 (23 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2624/ Dist: Feb 1994 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A nose of mature, baked fruit, cinnamon, pepper and gorgeously luscious honey and American oak. A sliver of slightly tart apple, gooseberry and lime appears to add balance.

The palate opens with the honeyed white fruit and subtler American oak, followed by barley, gentle baked fruit and malt. A touch of dried apricot and sultana comes through on the middle and the finish is very mineral, almost salty with lingering baked apple and a touch of marzipan.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchroisk 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0243/ Dist: May 2009 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is young, oily and cereally. A little raw and balsamic with a touch of honey.

The palate is pleasantly fresh, grassy and citric and showing a bit more evolution than the palate. Hints of honey and oak come through on the middle. The finish, although short is pleasantly oiled with lingering cereal notes.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchroisk 2009 (8 year old) 46%

Red Wine Finished/ Code: HEP0279/ Dist: May 2009 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Pungent, manuery aromas of damp, slightly unclean straw, cereal and balsamic notes. The wine notes are very acerbic and overall it feels quite dirty.

The palate is slightly dirty with plenty of drying tannins, manuery red fruit and earth. Short, astringent but spicy finish. One thinks the wine cask was bacterially challenged!

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchroisk 2001 (12 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0026/ Dist: July 2001 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A very subtle nose with hints of honey, barley, light fruit and light, sweet spice.

The palate is lightly oiled but crisper than the nose with plenty of coal smoke and hints of earthy peat, although there is no indication of that on the nose. Medium length with hints of white fruit and lingering smoke.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2001 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2586/ Dist: Feb 2001 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Intense peat reek on the nose with a slight, non sherried sulphur note. In fact that sulphur note becomes rather dominant. I’m quite surprised by that as I would have though that 15 years in oak would have been plenty of time to remove those compounds. Hints of barley, white fruit and petrol follow.

The palate is full of sweet barley and a fair amount of oak. The peat is subtler and smokier with hints of seaweed, coffee and salt. Quite a bracing, citrus middle leads into a long and slightly sulphured, dry peat and tannic finish. Not the greatest cask of ‘phroaig I have ever tasted.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchroisk 2003 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0158/ Dist: Nov 2003 Btl: Mar 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

An oily and ever so feinty nose with barley, baked apple and cinnamon. With time some herbal rye-like notes appear along with a touch of vanilla.

The palate is lighter than the nose would suggest. Crisper and more classically Spey-like with grass, but again a very slight feintiness. Lightly oiled middle with a long barley’d, tangerine and slightly bitter peppery spice finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Auchroisk 2002 (14 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0071/ Dist: May 2002 Btl: Dec 2014/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A lovely nose of fragrant honey, barley and juicy apricot and pineapple. Hints of gristy barley and fresh oak follow along with a touch of grass. A delightful summer malt!

The palate is full, fruity and juicy, opening with some gentle sugar coated barley, apricot and melon. A little lightly tannic coffee’d spice appears on the middle and pleasantly nibbles on the finish. It does bitter a little but the, mineral, citrus and Sauvignon blanc-esque grassiness is lovely.


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