Review #1638 – Auchroisk 10yr SMWS 95.31 “Slivovitz, rumtopf and Black Forest gateau”

The Schtick: Todays whiskey review comes to us in the form of an independently bottled Auchroisk, distilled in 2009 and matured for 10 years in a barrique that was then shaved, toasted and recharred. Interesting. This is bottled at cask strength, without coloring or filtering, by the SMWS. Let’s get to it.

Review #1638 | Scotch Review #525

Distiller: Auchroisk

Bottler: SMWS

Brand: SMWS

Selection: N/A

ABV: 58.6% ABV

Age: 10 Years


Nose: Powerful and sweet – honey, butterscotch, nougat. Fresh croissant, buttery and sweet. Almost intoxicatingly sweet – not cloying, but extremely decadent.

Taste: Sweet again on the palate – notes of lemon curd, honey, cake batter, slivered almond, minerality and cream cheese frosting. Medium on the palate, with a hint of heat, but all is well behaved. Faint cocoa. Nutella. All dessert, all day. Fruits be damned.

Finish: Long finish, really lovely here. Oats, candied almond, pepper, bread and yeast. Lemon and cream cheese frosting. Lovely lovely lovely.

Overall: This my jam, in a way that typically is not my jam. I love how decadent and dessert forward this is, while still maintaining some complexity and falling short of being cloying. I want to drink this while I eat lemon danish and think about having a cigar or some prosciutto. Its really great.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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Decoded:

0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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