Aultmore 16 Years Old 1998 – 73.68 Summer landscape with woods

Speyside single malt scotch whisky

55.6% ABV, £54.50 for 70cl from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Score: 85/100

SMWS

What they say:

Cask No. 73.68

The nose rested on foundations of wood (carpenter’s workshop, sawdust, wood glue, hessian, cinnamon) but reached out to summer landscapes of grass, flowers, honey, apple pie and vanilla custard. The taste had very similar characteristics to the nose – toffee and honey snuggled sweetly up to fresh grass and floral perfumes; the wood appeared as polished furniture and lolly sticks with pepper, cinnamon and ginger spice. The reduced nose added panna-cotta, vanilla slice and bubble gum, while the palate found sugared almonds, coconut mushrooms, toffee apple and liquorice torpedoes; all with good weight and decent viscosity. The distillery is between Keith and Buckie.

Drinking tip: A summertime dram or aperitif

Date Distilled: 29 May 1998 Colour: Peely wally gold Age: 16 years Flavour : Light & delicate Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead Whisky Region: Speyside Deveron

Outturn: 232 bottles
SMWS 73.68

What I say:

Released by the SMWS in their late November/pre-Christmas outturn I took a particular shine to this Aultmore (SMWS Distillery #73) example, and promptly purchased one to share amongst friends.

Colour:

Yellow gold (8/20), light-medium tears with thick trails

Nose:

Sweet and floral, flower and grass meadows, cereal barley malt, light wildflower honey, orchard fruits and blossom, apple, pear, nectarine, dry and dusty cereal flour, sweet pastries

Taste:

Oily and mouth filling, thick and syrupy/sugary, chewy cereal and honey (flapjack), white pepper spice, slightly new/green oak wood, drying sawdust and pencil shavings, sandalwood, vanilla and coconut

Finish:

Short-medium length, sweet pastries with plenty of icing sugar dusting

Overall:

This 16 year old Aultmore expression displayed a lot of drying oak and vanilla sweetness with a backdrop of light honey and orchard fruits from the spirit character. A lovely summer dram, this has a nose that Paula absolutely loves and I often catch her un-corking the remainder of this bottle for a wee sniff.