So we come to the start of the second week of the whisky advent calendar journey, and the window opened to reveal something particular unexpected.
Master of Malt 5 year old Single Cask Aultmore. To be honest I really didn’t expect anything this young in the advent calendar, but you never know. The first few bottlings of Kilchoman were pretty good. So how is this? Here are the dramstats:
- Price £45
- ABV 66.8%
Nose: First note was turps, with foam shrimps and cocoa powder. I feel this needs a teaspoon of water and, with it, comes sherry notes with dried fruits.
Palate: The first taste without water was surprising. Lots of typical sherry flavours with alcohol soaked raisins. That cleared up the cask type for me. Substantial alcohol burn which, when tamed with water, delivers a burnt note, like christmas cake with burnt edges and chocolate truffles.
Finish: Chewy burnt raisin, treacle toffee, a bitter note at the back of the tongue with a touch of pepper.
Verdict: This is one expensive 5 year old. Normally I don’t add water to single cask whisky, but I felt this was still a little harsh, perhaps due to its age. It’s an interesting whisky, certainly better than I was expecting, but for me it could have done with further maturation. An interesting day for the advent calendar though.