From the “Cask finishes” range of Independent bottler James Eadie.
Auchroisk spirit is usually known to be spicy, nutty as well as heavy on the palate and this cask is no exception.
Nose: A big dosage of ume plums and kirsch liqueur at first is followed dark chocolate and raisin toast. Time in the glass brings brown sugar and golden syrup.
Palate: A powerful onset of freeze dried raspberries and cocoa dusted truffles. Water brought out more of the dried fruit characteristic and didn’t overwhelm this dram. Cola nut and dense timber broaden the spiciness from the already spicy Auchroisk spirit.
Finish: As the peppery oak subsides there is a lovely tang from the grapes left on the palate. Certainly not “winey” it’s definitely a foritied, muscat like flavour that remains and requests another sip… If you dare!
James Eadie (1827-1904) was a Scottish brewer who established a significant brewery in 1854. Born near Gleneagles in Scotland, he was one of fourteen children and left school at the age of fourteen to work for his living.
Reported in local papers as a self-made man, Mr Eadie was a quiet individual whose hard work and indomitable perseverance earned him and his family a good living.
Aside from beer, the Eadie family had their own recipe for a Blended Scotch whisky, which has been thoughtfully recreated using the extensive ledgers left by Eadie. These ledgers named numerous distilleries and cask types which are still available today and these are what make up the bulk of the modern James Eadie brand today.