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
Highland Malt Speyside AUCHROISK (1973 also see The SINGLETON OF AUCHROISK
Construction of th distillery began early in 1972 by International Distillers & Vintners (I.D.V.) This wa a constallation that had been formed ten yeras 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 didn t 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 Inter-national 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 om-geving. 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, togetherwith W.A. Gilbey, made up the group I.D.V. ) in order to produce blending whisky.In February the same year I.D.V. is purchased by the breweryWatney Mann which, in July,into Grand Metropolitan
1974 The distillery ismerges 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 thehigh quality 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 InternationalDistillers & Vintners (I.D.V.) (to Grand Metropolitan) form the new companyUnited Distillers & Vintners (U.D.V.) 2001 The name Singleton is abandoned and the whisky is now marketed under thename 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
Storage capacity: about 265.000 casks Auchroisk:has one stainless steel mash tun, eight stainless steel wash - backs and fourpairs 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 byJames 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.
BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
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.
Auchroisk is built to produce malt whisky for the Justerini & Brooks blends (J&B)
Production officially begins at the distillery
Auchroisk first bottled as a single malt under the Singleton brand
The distillery becomes a part of Diageo following the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness
Auchroisk is released as a Flora and Fauna bottling, and then under the Rare Malts collection in 2003