SMWS 73.71 A scene from Madeira

Aultmore 14 Years Old 2001 73.71 A scene from Madeira (55.5%, SMWS, Refill Sherry Butt, 522 Bottles, 2015)

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Aultmore Distillery
  • Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 73.71
  • ABV: 55.5%
  • Cost:£51.10

SMWS 73.71 A scene from Madeira

What they say:

14 Years Date Distilled: 24th September 2001 Cask Type: Refill Ex-Sherry Butt Region: Speyside Deveron

Cask Type: Refill Ex-Sherry Butt Outturn : 1 of 522 bottles
ABV: 55.5% Colour: Van Gogh’s indulgence


The nose suggested sweet treats spread out on a wooden table – vanilla tablet, walnut fudge, coconut macaroons, custard creams and Garibaldi biscuits. The palate started out with mouth-flooding sweetness (apple strudel, raisins, dates and prunes) but then a spicy ginger, chilli heat kicked in – and seemed to out-last the sweetness. The reduced nose conjured up a scene from Madeira – painted boats on a pebble beach, old deck-chairs, honey cake and lemonade, with a flower market not far away. The palate now showed its lighter side, with cinnamon swirls and maple and pecan Danish pastries – but still enough to sustain our interest.

DRINKING TIP: Ideally, with high tea at Reid’s Hotel in Funchal.
TW SMWS 73.71 A scene from Madeira

What I say:

Thanks to Ben from Bens Whisky for organising a share of this 14 Year Old SMWS Aultmore.


Bright and refractive Sauternes gold (4/20), medium-fine tears leave long fine legs


Honeyed sweetness, hay and grass cuttings, crisp green Granny Smith apples, heather honey, peach, pear, foam banana sweeties, cereal barley, very sweet – golden syrup, a touch of dry powdery spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, butterscotch fudge and tablet


Sweet, stewed fruits, apple, pear, apple pie with cinnamon, white pepper – quite hot, viscous, honey and golden syrup, bananas in chilli, sweet & spicy.


Medium, a sweetness persist as the spice subside, honey with a touch of chilli or thai sweet chilli sauce, stewed fruits – apple & pear.


Great honeyed sweetness to this one and lots of distillery character/spirit nature in here too but comes with a lot of extra spice this one. Manages to carry the spices well due to the depth of sweetness, a drop or two of water dissolves away the spice and leave beautiful baked apple strudel with honey, raisins and dates – actually much better with a drop of water!

Score: 85/100

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