Whisky Review – Aultmore 25 year old

Aultmore 25 year old
46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£296 from The Whisky Exchange

Nose.

Wow. Soft, elegant. Toffee encrusted popcorn. Rich, burnt vanilla. Some charred oak. Stewed and mashed spiced apples. The age is very evident. There’s a definitive dunnage warehouse feel of old oak and that familiar damp brilliance that you will only know from a traditional dunnage warehouse. Some beautiful floral rounds things off. Lovely stuff. I could sniff this all day. It’s one of those noses that makes me think perfume should be made like this. With time in the glass we get more age. Dusty stately homes with polished mahogany.

Palate.

Loads of spicy stewed fruits in the arrival. Dark fruit jams. Black currents and berries. Raisin. A deep toffee chocolatey edge as well. Clove spice and oak. Still quite lively in the alcohol spicy burn, but there are such depths of flavour that makes the age very apparent. Development continues into some earthy dusty oak char.

Finish.

Long length. Dusty. Rich toffee. Aged oak. Very rich, dark fruits, thick jamminess going on. Some charred oak and cocoa dust.

Adding water.

Very minute drops! The nose has, yes, more floral elements, retracting slightly from the original magnificence, there is some additional chocolate notes now. The palate does have some very forward milk chocolate notes, still heavy on the chewy toffee and caramel, in fact it has practically become a Cadbury’s Carmel egg (original chocolate, not hat ever Kraft has done with the chocolate shell – don’t start me). The finish is continuing the theme with heavy milk chocolate and some soft caramel. Lovely stuff. Small water on this dram. If in doubt. Don’t risk it. The rewards are worth the experimentation with the tail of your dram though!

Conclusion and comparison (12yo, 21yo & 25yo)

First off again. I MUST commend Aultmore for their craft presentation. 46%. Non chill filtered. No added colouring. These are basic traits that should be a part of every whisky, but are not. Every distillery who releases their products should be applauded.

So, in conclusion. For the most complex and intriguing experience there is no doubt but to go for the 25 year old, it’s really fabulous stuff. But it comes with that price tag, so it’s a matter of if you can afford it. And I have to say the 21 year old is rocking as well, but again on the expensive (but could be worse) side of things. The 12 year old is my personal pick though. It’s still a little expensive for a 12 year old whisky, but it is lovely, and with a splash of water, it’s really excellent, beautiful experience.

Many thanks to Aultmore for the review sample

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Whisky Review – Aultmore 21 year old

Aultmore 21 year old
46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
~£125 from Duty Free around the world

Nose.

Similar to the 12 year old. The yeasty bread has gone though with the added age. Fresh apples, although now slightly sweetened and boiled. Vanilla. Raw sugar cane. Some rum like qualities. A softer, yet more complex nose. Some furniture polish. Varnished wood. A touch of rum and raisin ice cream. Clove is more evident, but gentle, Integrated. Lovely age to this nose. Very nice indeed.

Palate.

Sweet, thick arrival. Chewy caramel and treacle toffee. Development moves into the stewed fruits and dried raisin area. Some polished oak, tobacco and some burnt chocolate brioche. There’s a pastry note to this whisky as well, with some malted cereal and caramel biscuit (the kind you get with coffee at some restuarant/hotels) notes, fascinating stuff.

Finish.

A lovely, polished oak, long length finish. With some dried fruits, toffee and chocolate, drying out with some old oak notes.

Adding water.

Just a few drops, not many. On the nose we have more floral, some of the age has diminished a little, but then there is a lovely integration of age and flavour. On the palate we have loads of fruit, slightly softened, with a little youth coming through and a touch of bread/pastry, amongst this is lots of jammy fruits and a great feelgood element. The finish has more wood spice. This is worth adding a drop of water, but be very careful not to add too much.

Conclusion and comparison (12yo, 21yo & 25yo)

First off again. I MUST commend Aultmore for their craft presentation. 46%. Non chill filtered. No added colouring. These are basic traits that should be a part of every whisky, but are not. Every distillery who releases their products should be applauded.

So, in conclusion. For the most complex and intriguing experience there is no doubt but to go for the 25 year old, it’s really fabulous stuff. But it comes with that price tag, so it’s a matter of if you can afford it. And I have to say the 21 year old is rocking as well, but again on the expensive (but could be worse) side of things. The 12 year old is my personal pick though. It’s still a little expensive for a 12 year old whisky, but it is lovely, and with a splash of water, it’s really excellent, beautiful experience.

Many thanks to Aultmore for the review sample

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Whisky Review – Aultmore 12 year old

Aultmore 12 year old
46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£41.95 from The Whisky Exchange

Nose.

Clean and fresh. Crisp apples. Sweet barley. There’s a yeasty ale note to this nose. Bread rising. Some pears. Light oak spices. Cinnamon. Tiny hint of clove. Lemon drops (boiled sweets). Creamy custard. Vanilla. A nicely complex yet clean nose.

Palate.

Clean and crisp goes onto the palate theme as well. The arrival is sweet and sour. Development moves into a little alcohol spicy warmth, settles into fruit salad (apples & pears, touch of citrus), with some watered down custard. Vanilla. Touch of cinnamon and pepper spices. A little oak in the late development, along with earthy moss.

Finish.

Light and damp mossy grass like qualities hang around for a medium length finish. With some cereal grain and vanilla cream. Dry at the very end with a touch of oak.

Adding water.

A few drops added into the mix. Still a very crisp and clean nose on this one, with some added floral and moss now. The palate reflects this. Replacing the alcohol hit with some really chewy vanilla toffee and fudge effects, a little water goes a long way in this dram. The finish seems a little longer to me, continuing those toffee/fudge notes ending in a pleasant bitter toffee which does make you want more. Go for water on this dram.

Conclusion and comparison (12yo, 21yo & 25yo)

First off again. I MUST commend Aultmore for their craft presentation. 46%. Non chill filtered. No added colouring. These are basic traits that should be a part of every whisky, but are not. Every distillery who releases their products should be applauded.

So, in conclusion. For the most complex and intriguing experience there is no doubt but to go for the 25 year old, it’s really fabulous stuff. But it comes with that price tag, so it’s a matter of if you can afford it. And I have to say the 21 year old is rocking as well, but again on the expensive (but could be worse) side of things. The 12 year old is my personal pick though. It’s still a little expensive for a 12 year old whisky, but it is lovely, and with a splash of water, it’s really excellent, beautiful experience.

Many thanks to Aultmore for the review sample

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