We have already tasted Aultmore 12 years old, that was good indeed, and so our synapses remained intrigued because of a clean, sincere style, quite unexpected from a entry-level speysider. So we continue the discovery of the recent official bottlings with a 25 yo, that comes with a cozy copper color.
N: really open and solid. From the very beginning it shows a lot of fresh orange notes together with a certain candied ginger sparkle. Even if 25 years old has passed, we can still detect a straight maltiness and elegant floral notes, mainly heather. There are fruits (red apples, coocked apples and peaches in syrup). This whisky has got a real frankness, beetween the vegetal and the fruity side, that suits us very well.
P: pleasantly sugary, it is never excessive or boorish or woody, indeed. The first impact is on a floral honey: it’s then quite malty too, with notes of cereal biscuits, and here those exuberant and fresh citrus fruits (orange, still a bit of lemon) that we found on the nose come back. A hint of ginger again and a growing sense of toasted stuffs. After you swallow a sip…
F: …there are ten extremely strange seconds, as a clear metallic, copper note emerges: you can like it or not (we do here), but they come quite unexpecterd for sure. Orange, apple, honey and something toasted.
This 25 years old surprised us as much as the 12 yo did: perhaps we described it a little too poorly, but, in a way, it seems to be a whisky that goes by subtraction, it is not buttery, it is not woody, it is not too round (even if a pleasant roundness is undeniable)… But it is far from trivial, and that slightly metallic feature, unexpectedly and surprisingly delighful, gives us a different image from the “classic twenty-five yo” cliché: 88/100.
Recommended soundtrack:The white buffalo – Oh darling, what have I done.