Aultmore 25 year old
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£296 from The Whisky Exchange
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.
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.
Long length. Dusty. Rich toffee. Aged oak. Very rich, dark fruits, thick jamminess going on. Some charred oak and cocoa dust.
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