Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchroisk Distillery is located between Aberlour and Keith
on Highway A95. The name is pronounced "orth-rusk,"
which means "ford across the red stream" in Gaelic
and refers to the Mulben Burn from which the distillery draws
its cooling water.
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The Auchroisk Distillery was built in 1973 and opened a year
later by International Distillers and Vintners. Licensed to
Justerini & Brooks who at the time also owned the Glen
distilleries, its purpose was to contribute to blends particularly
J&B Rare. Although Auchroisk
new, it has amassed numerous awards, both for its product
Dorie's Well is the 'gold mine' on the site of the distillery.
Its water has been described by Jim Murray as "undeniably
sweet, crystal-clear waters" along with "an exceptional
water source". The label on Auchroisk 10 year
describes the waters from Dorie's Well as "an abundant
source of soft, pure springwater, silky feel".
The Auchroisk Distillery is also utilized as an assembly point
for all the other Highland distillery malts which contribute
to J&B. They are vatted together according to the secret
‘recipe’ and tankered off to the group’s
blending centre near Glasgow where they meet up with the Lowland,
Islay, Campbeltown and grain whiskies of different ages that
comprise the final blend of over 40 whiskies. This returns
to cask for a period of marrying before going on to be bottled.
The Auchroisk Distillery is situated in a 'striking hilltop
location visible from Rothes'. It was built in 1973 in response
to the need for blending - in particular to contribute to
Its water source comes from Dorie's Well and cooling water
comes from the Mulben Burn. Justerini & Brooks bought
the site of the distillery after they took a sample of the
water from the well and completed a 'test distillation'
at their Glen Spey Distillery. Based on the results, they
purchased the well and the surrounding land and then took
measures to secure the well until the distillery was built.
The distillery has eight stainless steel washbacks and eight
high necked pot stills which produces a light, elegant spirit.
The nearly horizontal lyne arms at the top of the stills
where the vapours are funnelled is a detail that probably
gives a final tweak to the particularity of Auchroisk’s
whisky. American oak bourbon and sherry casks are used and
the distillery produces up to 1.5 million gallons a year.
The Auhroisk Distillery has a visitor centre. Call +44 (0)
1542 860 333 for hours of operation.