Archive for the ‘Aultmore’ Category

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Aultmore 1991 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2270/ HL9869

Dist: Sept 1991 Btl: July 2013/ Tasted: Aug 2013

A real oak and honey fest of a nose! There’s plenty of wonderfully mature, sawdusty oak, honey, lightly tropical fruit, malt and castor sugar. Deliciously aromatic and pleasantly balanced.

The palate is crisper and displays a lot less oak than the nose would lead you to believe. There’s more citrus, apricot, apple and crumbly spices with a liberal dollop of honey. Tart and tangy on the middle with a lovely cleansing piquancy. The honey counters and coats the mouth though. Very long with lingering notes of cinnamon coated apple and some lightly woody spices. A glorious palate!


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Aultmore 2010 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/Code: HEP0265/ Dist: July 2010 Btl: 2017/Tasted: July 2017

A malty and cereally nose with hints of herbal honey and sweet vanilla oak.

The palate is full and malty with oily fruit, honey, cereal and a touch of oak. Good depth and length with a youthful, herbal, cereal finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Aultmore 2010 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: HEP0306/ Dist: Jul 2010 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Quite perfumed and very coconutty (desiccated). Hints of barley, honey, mint and coriander leafy follow.

The palate is pretty full and maltier with less oak influence and more sweet barley. Medium length with the oak slightly bittering the finish. I don’t think it has enough complexity to be bottled as a single malt.


Coopers Choice Aultmore 2006 (9 year old) 46%

Bourbon Cask 7120/ Dist: 2006 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Fresh and grassy aromas with gisty barley and hints of lemon, honeysuckle and sugared almonds. With time the barley notes become pleasantly sweet.

The palate shows the freshness of the nose with a little more creamy oak and toffee. A touch of straw, barley and apricot comes though on the middle. Pleasant, straightforward, medium length with hints of black pepper in the finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Aultmore 2010 (5 year old?) 46%

Sherry Hogshead/ Dist: 2010 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Aromas of burnt toffee and treacle. Extremely herbal and youthful, but not spirit. Relatively simple though with prune and raisin notes.

The palate opens with the intrusive burnt toffee and a touch of sulphur. Green fruit, nuts an herbs lead to a slightly creamy middle. Short and a little hot with lingering burnt toffee and herbal notes.

Berry Brothers Own Selection Aultmore 1982 (28 year old) 57.8%

Refill Hogshead 2224/ Dist: 1982 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2012 

The nose is quite an alcoholic and a touch spirit with hints of dried cereal husks and herbal notes. It smells old and there is a slight confected note. With time some dusty spice and brandy butter notes emerge. 

Soft and dry on the palate with plenty of tannins and alcohol. Like the nose there is a semblance of fruit but it’s predominantly old cereal husks. Quite herbal on the middle but the alcohol is very intrusive and masks, although some slightly sugary vanillins appear at the death. 

With water the nose is a lot better. It now has an old grain like character with some thumping oak! An almost unbelievable transformation! Very luscious now with some silky, slightly honeyed fruit. There’s still plenty of old cereal character but it definitely has some shine and lustre now. With time the oak becomes sawdusty and a light tangerine note appears. The palate mirrors the nose with a touch of cereal husks an brandy butter followed by a lovely, light, spicy middle with some fizzy sweets and parma violet notes. The oak does bitter the end somewhat but it has a pleasant granulated sugar after taste.

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Aultmore 1990 (25 year) 54.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: XOP0055/ DL11066

Dist: Feb 1990 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Mar 2016

Big, rich aromas of juicy, sun dried fruit with hints of orange rind and wonderfully mature, pruney, dark fruit. Gently and sweetly spiced with some subtle oxidation notes. With time a touch of malt biscuits.

The palate displays a huge depth of sherried rancio. Sweet raisins, oxidation, earth and sweet spice are layered over grippy but soft, chocolaty tannins. Quite crisp and mineral on the finish with the dried fruit and mocha notes lingering. Quite fresh and balanced for a sherry monster.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Aultmore 1982 (30 year old) 50%

Bourbon/Code: OMC2189/ DL8533

Dist: May 1982 Btl: May 2012/ Tasted: July 2012

A hugely spicy nose. Sweet nutmeg, ginger, leather, tobacco, light coriander and herbal wood aromas come at you from all directions! Very, very dense with apricot, sawdusty, mature American oak, a touch of malt biscuit and earth. Really complex stuff!

Soft and spicy on the palate too! Leather, toffee and dark spices lead off, followed by plenty of slightly toasty mature oak, milk chocolate and yet more spice! It unfolds to display some beautiful Armagnac-esque dried fruit on the middle. The finish is quite dry but the dried fruit balances. Luscious and mature, with seriously lingering spices.


Douglas Laing Provenance Aultmore 2011 (6 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1337/ Dist: May 2011 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Young and slightly feinty, actually it’s very feinty. Maybe some subtle barley but that’s about it!

The palate opens with subtly sweet barley and thankfully less of the feintiness! Not much oak but a touch of citrus. Good length with lingering barley and a touch of spice.

Square Barrel Aultmore 1990 (16 year old) 49%

Sherry/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Leafy sherry. Fresh amontillado aromas with classic green nuts and salt. There is a slight perfume with hints of dry fruit and earth. But where is the character? The palate is straightforward, just like the nose. Very tannic. Medium length, quiet mouth watering. In conclusion it’s a good cask, but where is the character of the spirit?

Scotts Selection Aultmore 1987 (20 year old) 55.8%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1987 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Crisp and nicely floral. Surprisingly one-dimensional with hints of earth, herbs and oak. Almost Lowland-esque with very little cask interaction.

The palate is soft and very citrusy. Straightforward and grassy. A bit short and sappy with hints of spice and oak. A slightly bitter after taste. Water makes it a touch sweeter and brings out some barley water notes. But it’s only average.

John McDougall Golden Cask Aultmore 1989 (14 year old) 58.3%

Bourbon Cask 3067/ Dist: 1989 Btl:2003/ Tasted July 2003

A lovely, soft, cereal, earthy nose with hints of peat, biscuity fruit and salt. Aromatic with a developing floral character – white flowers, honeysuckle. The palate has elegance, purity and a wealth of biscuity white fruits, tangy acidity and spice notes. Complex and serious with an earthy/ smoky character and a long, dry finish.

James MacArthur Old Masters Aultmore 14 year old 60.5%

Sherry Cask/ Tasted: Dec 2006

Delicate and youthful. A lovely mix of sherry fruit and perfumed floral notes, later the classic cerealness comes to the fore followed by earthy vanilla and liquid honey.

Clean and youthful on the palate with sherry fruit and gentle spices, ginger (?). Quite floral and tangy on the middle and lots of alcohol – This one certainly needs a drop of water.

When diluted it really opens out emphasising the perfume and honied malt on the nose. On the palate it becomes really yummy! It’s now soft and delicious with honied fruits , sherry and some soft spice.

James MacArthur Old Masters Aultmore 1997 (14 year old) 54.8%

Bourbon cask 3592/ Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Mar 2012

A lovely, gristy and crisply honeyed nose of wonderfully fresh citrus. A text book Speyside aroma. The palate is crisp and gristy, again with some lovely granite infused honey along with hints of citrus and grass. Long and mouth-filling with a touch of straw in the finish. A lovely aperitif malt. 

A drop of water bring out the natural oils on the nose but does subdue it a little. On the palate it softens and rounds allowing the barley to shine along with a touch of creaminess from the oak, which balances the crispness quite well.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Aultmore 1995 (14 year old) 43%

Re-Fill Bourbon/ Dist: July 1995 Btl: July 2009/ Tasted: Aug 2010

A fresh, citrus nose with no shortage of bubblegum oak. Quite alcoholic with a touch of honey and a pleasantly floral nuance. The palate is much like the nose, light, grassy and citrusy, a bit woody on the middle and the alcohol is very intrusive even at 43%. Slightly gristy with hints of barley and a very hot finish.

I don’t normally put a drop of water with a 43%’er but I thought it might mitigate the intrusive alcohol, which it does but it becomes horribly sweet, sugary and sloppy!