Thanks to the chaps at Master of Malt for sending me this to review.
This is one of those “Boutique-y” whiskies with the the cool labels and unique expressions from each distillery (see here).
The Aultmore label is beyond cool. A raptor attacking a shark! Apparently they couldn’t find any good enough stories about Aultmore to make the distillery label, so they just went all out cool!
Here are the dramstats:
- Price £34.95 only here
- ABV 53.4%
Nose: Red apples and pears, touch of sweet vanilla creme brulee. Water releases liquorice with black jacks and sweetshop uncarbonated cola. Time leads to green gauges and a slight crumble note. This really benefits from the water.
Palate: Sweet icing sugar and slightly biscuity. Water makes this like thick cola syrup and malt.
Finish: Vanilla, drying with lots of chilli pepper when water added, then aspartame and vanilla cola.
Verdict: The label rules and the price is fine so I really want to like it. No doubt value at the strength, but it needs water and time to show itself. It’s nice but not something I’d enjoy a whole bottle of.
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:
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.