Aultmore distillery was founded in 1895, and it is located in Keith, Banffshire. It has changed hands several times over the years, and now is owned by Dewars. The majority of the single malt produced at the distillery goes into blends, and there were several official bottlings, such as “Flora and Fauna”, but they are hard to come by. Until now.
Aultmore 12 Year, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar’s, is a refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness. It’s been quite a while since a distillery bottling of Aultmore has been released, so this is all rather exciting indeed. Bottled at 46% alc/vol.
NOSE: Very fresh and vibrant. Clean, refreshing notes of apple and pear, with a gentle creaminess and some aromatic floral notes.
PALATE: A touch richer on the palate than expected, but still soft and fruity, floral, with some sweet pastry/custard-tart notes.
FINISH: Very clean and measured, with the soft fruits gently receding.