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A true legend, Auchnagie is the first release from The Lost Distillery Company. Auchnagie was situated in the hamlet of Tulliemet near Ballinluig in Perthshire and was also known as Tulliemet distillery at one point in its existence. It takes its name from the Gaelic, Achadh na Gaoidhe meaning â€˜the wind of the fieldsâ€™.
First built around 1812, Auchnagie was situated in an area of Scotland that was home to many farm distilleries. All of these have now been lost to the world with the notable exceptions of Glenturret and Edradour. Glenturret is now the home of The Famous Grouse and, as such, has come a long way from its humble beginnings.
Auchnagie had a varied and somewhat unstable existence. In its 100 years of distilling it had no fewer than seven owners, from the founder James Duff to its final owner John Dewar & Sons, Auchnagie was owned by Peter Dawson when it received a visit from the great whisky explorer, Alfred Barnard. The distillery was not distilling during Barnardâ€™s stay and he recorded his visit as follows:
The whole of this beautiful Strath Tay is one continued scene of the beauty of nature in its simplest, widest, and most imposing richness and stillmess of the whole; the fragrant birches, graceful hazels, rolling hills of the greenest verdure, and background of mountains all form some of the richest pictures on which the eye could wish to gaze. At the time of our visit to Auchnagie Distillery the works had ceased operation, as the weather was too hot for malting. The distillery consists of a barley loft, malting still, and mash house, and a few other buildings, including spirit stores and warehouse accommodation for 40,000 gallons. The water used comes from the Auchnagie hills, and the make is Highland malt. Only peats brought from Loch Broom are used in drying the malt. One exciseman is employed at the distillery who informed us that he leads quite a pastoral life here, and spends his summer days in his garden and little farmyard.
In 1912, Auchnagie distillery was dismantled and lost to the world.
Nicely balanced malt, reminiscent of Clynelish, but with an added hint of peat (very refined).
Nose: honey, wax, liquorish and that subtle smoke
Palate: honey and wax again, a pleasant bitterness, malty, followed by that hint of peat smoke (a drop of water amplifies the whole event)
Finish: medium-long, the youthfulness is apparent, but in a good way (no drying oak).
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