Aultmore 21 year old
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
~£125 from Duty Free around the world
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.
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.
A lovely, polished oak, long length finish. With some dried fruits, toffee and chocolate, drying out with some old oak notes.
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