Review: Aultmore 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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12 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Aultmore (Keith, Scotland)

With the huge craze over single malts in the past few years, we are seeing some distilleries like Aultmore release single malts in recent years. These distilleries have been producing for some time (Aultmore in 1897), but have been producing for blended Scotch whisky rather than as single malts. This is part of the "Last Great Malts Collection" release from Dewar in 2014, who have also released expressions from Craggailachie, Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy, and Deveron as official bottlings (i.e. not produced by bottlers who buy casks or distillate to age themselves). These sorts of releases give us a glimpse into both the sorts of whiskies that go into blends as well as some malts which are quite a bit different than those typically released as single malts. This expression is bottled at 46% and non-chill filtered - that's a good start.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

  • Bottling Code: L14349B700 16:35 (bottle 42642)

Lots of honey, malt, apples, and a good measure of barley – overall quite light yet still with enough body to hold up well to 46%. Comes in at quite a good level on the palate leaving with a really nice clean thread of vanilla. On the end, there's a good bit of spice and tannin - for quite a nice effect, with some light creaminess. The sweet/spice/grassiness is quite nicely balanced. Lightly earthy from the barley, but not crazy. Very enjoyable. A very nice light dram, for sure, and rich in the body. canned pineapple on the finish. some pepper on the finish too.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60.