The Aultmore 25 year old, the oldest expression in the distilleries core range, is the jewel in Aultmore’s crown. It is a rare treat to enjoy a taste of this as it is infrequently bottled, and in ridiculously small quantities!
Gary's Tasting Note: This dram is a strange but wonderful mix of savoury and sweet. It’s like a rosemary focaccia, with lashing of olive oil over it, but instead of your usual savoury sandwich fillings it has been packed with raspberries, candied orange peel, vanilla cream and spiced apple. Weird tasting notes aside, this is such a complex dram that every time you take a sip you will pick up something different. Single handedly though, the greatest thing about this whisky is that even though it is 25 years old, the distillery character still shines through, and stands up to the long time it has spent in the cask!
Aultmore distillery was built in 1897, commissioned by, amongst others, Alexander Edwards, an unsung hero of the Scotch Whisky industry. Like so many distilleries of the day, the whisky was destined for blending, and the make from Aultmore was so revered that its production capacity was doubled after just 1 year of operating, and it has been kept a closely guarded secret of blending houses ever since.
The distillery itself is located in the heart of Speyside, just off of the 9-mile road between the town of Keith and the fishing village of Buckie. Historically you could only savour a dram of Aultmore locally if you knew who to ask at the local inns, but you wouldn’t order an Aultmore, you would ask for 'nip of the Buckie road'.
Aultmore is one if the hidden gems amongst the many distilleries in Speyside, and one of the industry’s best kept secrets. It’s a whisky that is rarely found, but once discovered it is loved and revered, and for good reason! The style of whisky produced at the distillery is fresh, grassy, clean and ethereal. It takes on characters from any cask exceptionally well, but the essence of the distillery, it's DNA, is ever present.
Volume: 70cl Abv: 46%
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