Auchroisk 1988 DT Octave K&L
Added on Friday, Oct 7, 2011 at 09:18 PM
  Bottler: Duncan Taylor
  Age: 22 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1988 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.40 % Region: Highland
  Price: $90 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Member Ratings and Notes

Sharp nose, with honeydew, mango, oats. As it opens up it gets even fruitier with apples, nectarines. And marshmallows. Hint of mint.


Palate aligns with the nose in a restrained but definite way -- a cask-strength delivery of milder flavors, but quite fruity and tasty. Juicyfruit gum. Not a fruit monster, but a polite fruit friend. Definite oak here, but good oak. Zingy as it goes down. That blends into a mildly-spicy finish... cardamom hints, is that rhubarb? Some milk chocolate too. Tasty stuff.


N: Leather, a bit of vinegar, tropical fruit sweetness, malt, softly grainy. Water exposes more tropical fruit notes and softens the grain, while bringing the malty flavors up. 


P: Very light, warming, with an initial hit of pears and malt; a faint hint of mustard, cereal grains, some slightly bitter wood, and white pepper. With water it's a little more meaty and chewy. 


F: Cools off, brings in some more pepper and reveals a hint of saltiness.


For some reason this one surprised me with its heat initially. As the bottle breathed that calmed down and things settled down a bit overall, while still retaining some of that floral/melon vibe. That said, this was just one that while I could appreciate what was there, it just wasn't my thing in particular.  B-/C+

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