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I love zombies, like freaking love zombies.
I count 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Night of the Living Dead (the original), Day of the Living Dead, I mean if it's got zombies in it, new school or old school, I'm there!
The last sample that I reviewed for consideration for import (because I'd found the other whiskies already) was Auchroisk.
Part of my consideration for import was visual appeal of labels, this was secondary to the whisky inside of the bottle, but I wanted to make sure that the bottles jumped out on the shelves.
The label that jumped out at me, more then any other bottle was Auchroisk, a whisky that's primarily used in the J & B blends. The reason why the label jumped out at me was due to all the zombies on it.
It jumped out as one of the most colorful labels, with something that would appeal to me, but that being said I am crazy.
I'd settled on other whiskies for import, but this is the whisky I was crossing my fingers would be good. I had no freaking clue what I was walking into. It could be good, great, ok or crap.
So I poured the whisky into my glencairn, with no small amount of trepidation, fingers crossed as if this whisky was crap I would be searching for another whisky for import, but I REALLY wanted the last whisky to be a cracker.
Like all of the rest of the Boutiquey Whiskies, this is a No Age Statement, bottled at cask strength, with no artificial coloring and non chill filtered. There are 127 bottles in this batch, bottled at 44.7% abv.
The nose was a super fruity nose, strawberries, melons, pineapples, green apples, pear juice, eucalyptus, mint, and vanilla.
The palate is sweet, but balanced. Very fruity again, green apples, pears, Liptons Pear Tea, strawberries, light and refreshing, makes me think of an orchard on a beautiful spring day, grassy, cereal, yummy!
The finish is full of mint, eucalyptus, long, little bit of honey. Grassy notes once more.
Love this, no denying it. I was worried, especially as the zombies on the label had my eyes, since I'm a zombie freak. The fact that this whisky delivered is nothing but a massive relief, especially as I ordered 42 bottles for the country.
A bottle of this before shipping, taxes and all that good stuff would run around $130 AUS, however it should retail around the $200 AUS mark when it comes into the country. I know that I said there were 42 bottles for the country, but just so ya'll know two bottles are coming straight to my house!
Don't believe me? Buy a sample off Master of Malt :D