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Aultmore 12 yo (2015, OB, 46%)

Aultmore is a little known distillery in the heart of Speyside, owned by Bacardi: recently at the high places of the company someone must have thought: “hey, I may have read somewhere that Single Malt is kind of fashinable these days, why don’t we use some of the distilleries we already own?”. Oh well, this guy had a good thought actually, at least in our humble opinion: in the next days we’ll face Aberfeldy (same story, guys), today we’ll concentrate on the entry level expression in the newly born Aultmore core range. As Serge pointed out too, we do like the packaging, quite clean, elegant and a bit old-style.

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N: for sure, it ain’t no pandering profile: it starts with clean notes of a ‘young’, naked spirit, with herbal and malty notes upfront. You do nose candied fruits (candied citrus, Cedrata maybe, a hint of tonic water), and also some fruitiness that reminds us of green apples. It shows its youth but in a good way, it’s genuine, as a spirit not ashamed of itself.

P: it’s pretty coherent with the nose, showing all the quality of the spirit. Again there’s sugared lemonade, intense herbal notes (cereals, of course, but also fresh grass), a hint of white sugar. Green apples. Again youthful, but because of it’s naked honesty, not by its ‘youth’: does it make sense?


F: herbal and malty, slightly sugary and lemony.

Definitely lovable is the anti-pendering style, simple but good, honest – better than many other youngsters much more famous and reputed. Simple but good, we said, without any vanilla painted on the spirit: we do appreciate, 83/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Micheal Stipe – The man who sold the world, tribute to David Bowie at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

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