Thus far we’ve looked at the Aultmore 12yo, 21yo and 25yo but now we shall have a look at an expression that has been exclusively bottled for The Whisky Shop, of course in a limited quantity. As mentioned before Aultmore is often used to go into blends. There have been some independent bottlings and just a few days ago I even sampled a much younger version of what has been officially released but we’ll leave that to another time. If you’ve read my previous tasting notes on Aultmore, then you’ll know that it is a single malt, which is exceptionally smooth with a clean, grassy, fruity taste, which can be traced to the abundant springs of the neighbouring Foggie Moss.
On the nose: you’ll get sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar, alongside vanilla and tonnes of sherry. These initial notes are followed by oatmeal, apple, toffee, madeira and cherry drops. There are some spicy notes floating around in the form of cinnamon and star anise. The nose is rounded off with notes of raisins, marzipan, zest, thyme, rosemary and candyfloss. palate: you’ll experience those sherry notes, coupled with raisins, pear drops, marzipan, vanilla and a welcomed meaty note. Those spicy notes of cinnamon and star anise are present on the palate, along with treacle. Notes of crème brulee start to emerge, with a creamy texture, as well as candy, red apples and a hint of zest. The finish: is long, sweet and spicy with lingering mixed fruits, nuttiness and smoke.
The verdict: This Aultmore 19-year-old has some consistently, beautifully balanced notes that just keep offering more with every sip. This special, limited bottling for The Whisky Shop shows a different side to a more otherwise greener Scotch and honestly had me from the first sip. While it is very different to the otherwise run-of-the-mill Aultmore, I think it is fair to say that it’s by far my favourite Aultmore to date. Bottled at an ABV of 50.4%, this is a genuinely special bottling is one that, in my opinion, can be enjoyed how you please, though a drop of water does open it up just that little bit more.
Aultmore 19 Year Old Speyside Single Cask Scotch exclusively bottled for The Whisky Shop can only be found at one of their stores or online for approximately £250
For more information on Aultmore, visit the official Last Great Malts website.