Auchroisk 1990 25 Year Old Special Releases 2016, 70cl
A third limited release in this series from a mix of refill American Oak hogsheads & refill European Oak butts filled in 1990. Gloriously fresh and fruity, with a light body and good structure.
Initially cool and sweet, with fresh acidity and a light smooth texture, then quickly hotter, with spicy fruit, as in a spiced fruit tea-cake. With a little water, slimmer, still cooling and not so sweet as the perfume grows and the heat reduces in favour of a softer spiciness. This descends into an attractive drier nuttiness, developing as dark chocolate, with hints of menthol and a grating of orange zest. Still fresh and well balanced, with a pleasing chewy texture.