Auchroisk 10 Year Old Flora and Fauna
Following on from the successful introduction of the Classic Malts range in 1988 (at the time only six expressions), United Distillers sought to build on this by releasing a further 22 single malts in 1991. These became affectionately known as the Flora & Fauna series, a term coined by whisky writer, Michael Jackson, in reference to their labels. The range showcased the lesser-seen distilleries from the company’s extensive portfolio at the time, with the intent of using collective branding to help them raise each other’s profiles. Despite four further additions in 2001, only a handful of these are still permanent distillery bottlings, making it a highly collectible series.
This Aucroisk was one of the four new additions in 2001, introduced following the depletion of the Diageo portfolio in the 1997 after they were forced to offload a number of distilleries to satisfy anti-monoploy rulings. Prior to this, Auchroisk single malt was bottled under The Singleton banner. These were discontinued when Auchroisk was moved to the Flora & Fauna brand. The company would later revive The Singleton brand in 2006, but Auchroisk was overlooked, giving way to the trio of Glendullan, Glen Ord and Dufftown instead.
Auchroisk distillery was built by Justerini & Brooks in 1972 to provide malt for their blends. Despite this, there was an immediate focus on its single malt as well, and it was first bottled in 1986. These were vintage-dated releases, and some of the earliest to use cask finishing. This was never advertised though, and the distillery left Balvenie to take the credit for the innovation.
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