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Auchroisk

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AUCHROISK         
28 years old
56,8 %               
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1974
Bottled April 2003
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Auchroisk Distillery, Keith, Banffshire
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

'One of Speyside's newest distilleries; a smooth, sweet malt, from among the oldest to be sold and first to be distilled'.
When its owners decided to build a new distillery on Speyside in the early 1970s, it was no small undertaking. To meet their ambitions they needed one thing above all - a good water supply.
They found it at Auchroisk Farm by the Spey near Mulben. On this land a natural spring, Dorries Well, allowed an abundant 2,000 gallons of pure spring water to be drawn every hour, year-round.
The result was a huge, award-winning new distillery producing four million litres of malt whisky a year, with maturation warehouses holding ten times that amount. But even here, size is not the whole story.
After a few years, they discovered that the sweet, soft malt whisky distilled here not only aged well, but could be matured in bourbon and finished in second-fill sherry casks to produce a singular, soft and sweet malt - since widely enjoyed as The Singleton of Auchroisk.
The warm gold 28-year-old bottling in the first Rare Malts cask strenght release is a sin¬gular achievement of another kind. The oldest malt ever released by the distillery, it is also among the first ever made, in 1974.

A subtle, liquorice-sweet node leads to this soft-bodied old Speyside's succession of clear smoot estery flavours, from malt to shortbreadand cinnamon, with a long and warming finish
.
Well may you rejoice at the foresight of those who found the well. August 12, 2003.

AUCHROISK         
12 years old
59,3 %        
SPECIAL INDIVIDUAL CASK BOTTLING
Distilled June 1978
Bottled October 1990
William Cadenhead Ltd,
18 Golden Square, Aberdeen

AUCHROISK         
11 years old
43 %         
CHIEFTAIN'S ChOICE
Distillation Date September 1989
Bottling Date June 2001
Cask No. 90191 / 90192
Wood Type: Port Finish
No. of Bottles 1944
Ian MacLeod & Co, Ltd, Broxburn

AUCHROISK         
10 years old
43%        
FLORA & FAUNA
Auchroisk Distillery,
Mulben, Keith, Banffshire

In a striking hilltop location, visible from Rothes, is sited the Auchroisk distillery. The unusual name, meaning 'Ford of the red stream' in Gaelic, refers to the Mulben Burn from which the distillery draws its cooling water. However, the principal reason for the siting of the distillery is Dorie's Wellan abundant source of soft, pure spring-water. Through the smoke and nutty sweetness, comes the unmistakeable feel of Dories silky water, followed by a dry, well balanced finish.

AUCHROISK  
46 %
1 9 9 0
Matured for 22 years                                  
Speyside Single Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled± 20-02-90
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask No: 3659
Bottled: 11/01/13
334 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

AUCHROISK
VINTAGE  1 9 9 0
23 years old
46 %                                    
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY  

Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 20/02/90
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask no: 3664
Bottled: 06/11/13
308 Numbered Bottles
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company. NL

Also see The Singleton of Auchroisk

AUCHROISK
46 %
Specially Matured and Botttled
for International Whisky Society
MorrisonScotch Whisky Distillers Ltd,
Aberargie
Kleur: Licht geel
Neus: Vanille, donkere karamel met geel
en oranje fruit en oosterse kruiden
Smaak: GFfruitige Speysider met tonen
van eiken, peper, noga en warme vanille
Afdronk: Plakkend en heerlijk verwarmend

Speyside
AUCHROISK   also see  The SINGLETON OF AUCHROISK

Construction of the distillery began early in 1972 by International Distillers & Vintners (I.D.V.) This was a constallation that had been formed ten years earler when United Wine traders, an agent  for champagne
brandy and sherry, but also with Justerini & Brooks Scotch whisky under its umbrella, bought W & A Gilbey, famous for their gin but also with interest in the whisky business. Just a few months later, I.D.V.
was acquired by Watney Mann, at one time the second largest brewing company in the world after Guiness. But the merry go round did not  stop there. After another couple of months, Grand Metropolitan, a hotel and catering conglomerate presented a hostile take - over bid to the board of Watney Mann and succeeded in buying the company for 400.000.000 pound. Two years after this initial turmoil, Auchroisk started
production. In 1997 Grand metropolitan merged with Guiness and formed Diageo who still owns the distillery.

Mulben, Banffshire. Eigendom van Justerini & Brooks Ltd. Deel uitmakend van International Distillers & Vintners Ltd. Eigendom van Grand Metrpolitan. (GrandMet).

Gebouwd in 1973 naar een ontwerp van de Westminster Design Associates. Hoofdreden was de behoefte aan meer malt whisky, en de aanwezigheid van Dorie's Well, een bron met uitstekend en voldoende water.

Auchroisk betekent 'het bos van de rode stroom', de naam van een boerderij in de omgeving.

De whisky afkomstig van Auchroisk wordt uitgebracht onder de naam The Singleton of Auchroisk.
Het eerste distillaat kwam op 8 Januari 1974 uit de ketels.
De ketels van de vier distilleerderijen van International Distillers & Vintners, Auchroisk, Glen Spey, Knockando en Strathmill, zijn van een gelijk model. De acht ketels van Auchroisk zijn grotere replica's van die van Glen Spey.
Men kan 3,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar produceren. Het koelwater komt van Burn of Mulben.
Op 16 Oktober 1997 staakt de Fransman Bernard Arnault van L M V H zijn verzet tegen de fusie van Guinness en Grand Metropolitan (GrandMet) voor een afkoopsom van ƒ 800.000.000 die op 12 Mei 1997 was bekendgemaakt.
De nieuwe naam van de gefuseerden zou eerst G M G Brands worden maar op 22 Oktober 1997 wordt bekend dat de naam Diageo zou worden. Afgeleid voor het Latijnse woord voor dag en het Griekse voor wereld.
De Mashtun is groot 11.2 ton, er staan 8 Wash backs van elk 56000 liter.
De via een met olie gestookte boiler, met stoom verhitter ketels zijn groot 23.940 liter voor de Wash stills en de vier Spirit stills zijn 16.760 liter.

In a striking hilltop location, visible from Rothes, is sited the Auchroisk distillery. The unusual name, meaning 'Ford of the red stream' in Gaelic, refers to the Mulben Burn from which the distillery draws its cooling water. However, the principal reason for the siting of the distillery is Dorie's Wellan abundant source of soft, pure spring-water. Through the smoke and nutty sweetness, comes the unmistakeable feel of Dories silky water, followed by a dry, well balanced finish.

October 2005
Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.
The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity' .In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Releases series.

1972  
Building of the distillery commences by
Justerini and Brooks
(which, together with W.A. Gilbey, made up the group I.D.V. )
in order to produce blending whisky for J & B
1974  
The distillery is merges  completed and despite the intention
of producing malt for blending the first year's production is
sold 12 years later as single malt thanks to the high quality
1975
Auchroisk is bought by Watney Mann, brewers in Februari and also in
1975 July bought byGrand Metropolitan
1986  
The first whisky is marketed under the name Singleton
1997   
Grand Metropolitan and Guiness merge into the conglomerate
Diageo.Simultaneously the subsidiaries United Distillers
(to Guiness) and International Distillers & Vintners (I.D.V.)
(to Grand Metropolitan) form the new company
United Distillers & Vintners (U.D.V.)
2001  
The name Singleton is abandoned and the whisky is
now marketed under the name of Auchroisk in the
Flora & Fauna series
2002  
Apart from the 10 year old in the Flora & Fauna series,
a 28 year old from 1974. The distillery's first year,
is launched in the Rare Malt Series
2010
A Manager's Choice SC and a limited 20 year
old are released
2012
A 30 year old from 1982 is released
2016
A 25 year old from 1990 is released
2020
Capacity: 5.900.000 Ltrs
Output: 5.800.000 Ltrs

Storage capacity:about 265.000 casks
Auchroisk: has one stainless steel mash tun,
eight stainless steel wash - backs and four
pairs of stills
Water: Dorie's Spring
Mash tun: 1 x 11.2 tonnes
Wasbacks: 8 x 36000 litres
Wash stills: 4 x 23.940 litres
Spirit stills: 4 x 16.760 litres
Capacity: 3580.000 litres

The Singleton of Auchroisk is formulated by James Milne, Master Blender.
Here the heavy character is produced by rapid mashing, quick fermentation and, in the wash stills, a rapid boiling regime which almost cooks the solids and allows controlled carryover of some solids. This almost singed character [shared with Blair Athol] is most obvious at new make but recedes with maturation, being replaced by a balanced honeyed cereal sweetness.

The building of Auchroisk in 1972 was meant to herald the start of a new era for blended Scotch. Certainly architecturally (like its contemporary, Allt-a-Bhainne) it stands out – a white, harled, modernist structure in the moorland. It was commissioned by IDV, at that time the parent firm of J&B which had decided that sales of the blend justified another distillery being built to join its Speyside portfolio of Glen Spey, Knockando and Strathmill.

Auchroisk was first bottled as single malt in 1986 and was the first to carry the prefix ‘Singleton’, a name now attached to single malts from Glen Ord, Glendullan and Dufftown. Although highly regarded by writers and judges in its time, it never quite made the leap from cult to major brand. Interestingly, the maturation process involved decanting 10-year-old ex-Bourbon matured whisky into ex-Sherry casks for a further two years of secondary maturation, making it the first example of finishing, but IDV never thought of talking up the process, leaving Balvenie and Glenmorangie to be regarded as the pioneers of the technique. The brand was dropped in 2001 and has subsequently quietly slipped back into the shadows.

Although somewhat remote, the large tracts of land surrounding the distillery make this the ideal site for one of Diageo’s main northern warehousing complexes.

CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
75-80 hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Non peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mostly in house
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
Non peaty
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
70%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Lamp glass
STILLS i
8
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
13,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Lamp glass
WASHBACK TYPE i
Steel
WASHBACKS i
8
WATER SOURCE i
Dories well
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Pressed
OWNERS

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNER

Justerini & Brooks
1974 - 1997
door Jim Milne,



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