Aultmore Batch #1 (53.4%, That Boutique-Y Whisky Company, 2012)
53.4% ABV, £34.95 for 50cl
What they say:
Aultmore is Gaelic for ‘Big Burn’ and is a popular blending whisky, however it also makes for a great single malt and ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ snapped up some for this delicious bottling.
‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, blended malts and blends from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish comic book-style labels.
‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ searched high and low to find a wealth of interesting stories and legends about this Speyside distillery but to no avail. So you get a Velociraptor fighting a shark – enjoy.
422 bottles of this batch were produced.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Vanilla oak notes, followed by lemon zest and greengages. As the whisky opens up intense notes of cloves and lime zest reveal themselves.
Palate: The palate is layered with mixed spices, sweetened with creamy vanilla, and highlighted with notes of greengages and citrus peels.
Finish: The finish lingers with refreshing menthol, deep dark chocolate and tingling white pepper.
Overall: Fresh fruit and spice come together in a refreshing tango. This whisky is mouth-coating and with a long finish. Fantastic stuff pre-dinner whisky!
What I say:
Received as a gift as to be fair who doesn’t want a bottle of whisky with a Velociraptor fighting a shark on it? Also continues my tour of un-sampled Scottish whisky distilleries quite nicely, Aultmore is another Speyside distillery producing malt mostly destined for blending. Relatively bereft of original bottlings (OB) though again there has been a Flora and Fauna example (released 2001) in their recent history. This distilleries output is more commonly found amongst Independent bottlings (and obviously within blends such as its current owner Dewars).
Sour citric lemons, cereal malt, sugary sweetness, zesty and pithy grapefruit
Thick sugary sweetness then becomes more oily and butter-like, fruity grapefruit with black pepper, spicy and prickly, mellows into brown sugar, golden syrup and toffee
Long zesty and a little woody with much more brown sugar and syrup persist
Would I buy it again:
Actually rather enjoyable, surprising as Aultmore has long been viewed as a Malt that is a blessing to Blenders but relatively un-favoured by Single Malt enthusiasts. I found this example to be full of character and a pretty cracking dram. Sure I wouldn’t choose it everyday as there is a lot of powerful fruitiness in here and not of the palate-cleansing variety, this is the sugary sticky lingering type that leaves the roof of your mouth a little fizzy afterwards, but definitely a pleasurable experience to drink. I am tempted to hunt out more Aultmore expressions to see how they compare. Once again however this is another superb Dram bottled by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company, who’s taste in choosing what goes into the bottle has narrowly surpassed what (label) goes onto the bottle!