Aultmore 2007 Bottle Market | 52.1% ABV | Bottled 2007

This Aultmore was bottled for the 2017 Bottle Market show in Bremen, Germany. According to what I can find, it was distilled in 2007 and finished in a sherry cask.

Aultmore Bottle market bottle.

Colour: Mahongany with a red hue.

Nose: Red fruits dominate, I’m thinking cherries, plums, raisins,… hints of furniture polish and a slight nuttiness. The sherry influence definitely comes through here.

Palate: Quite sweet with notes of candy (those little cola gummies) and toffee. Also leather, spice and all things nice. Rounded of by a hint of pepper.

Finish: The fruit comes through more here as opposed to the palate. A medium long finish with some tannins at the tail end.

For being finished in a sherry cask, it either had to be a very active cask or quite a long finish. It’s simple in what it does, a sherry bomb, but it does it oh so well.

89/100

Thanks Brecht for the sample!

Aultmore 12 | 40% ABV | Bottled ±2007

Aultmore is a distillery that doesn’t bring too many single malts to the market, but is used mostly by blenders, particularly in Dewars. In late 2014 they launched a new, rebranded Aultmore range, with the 12yo having 46% ABV.

This is the previous version, I believe to be bottled around 2007. Let’s see what this Speysider has in store.

Color: Amber, there’s probably some colorant in here.

Nose: Light fruits, malt and hints of grass. With some time in the glass more cereal notes come out, accompanied by some lemon. It’s quite a soft and inviting nose, yet not too complex.

Palate: Soft arrival with vanilla and sweet honey.

Finish: Some peppers come out alongside the honey. It leaves a smooth mouthfeel.

80/100