Distilled at the Aultmore Distillery in Moray, Banffshire. Established in 1897 by Alexander Edward Keith, this rarest of Speyside classics has been distilled in handmade copper pot stills, yet for over a century it was only sold in limited editions aimed at collectors - but we got our hands on some!
12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness. It's been quite a while since a distillery bottling of Aultmore has been released, so this is all rather exciting indeed.
The Aultmore name is derived from the phrase An t-Allt Mòr, Gaelic for big burn, referring to its water source the Auchinderran burn which flows off the Foggie Moss. It was a favourite spot for illicit distilling in the early 19th century due to the numerous springs and the plentiful supply of peat on the Foggie Moss. However, the distillery's location was chosen for its proximity to the Great North of Scotland Railway, to which it was connected by a siding from the Keith-Buckie line and the village was built solely for the distillery workers.
For almost three-quarters of a century, the distillery was powered by a 10hp Abernethy steam engine, with an elaborate systems of line shafts and belts connecting all of the moving processes. In it's heyday, this engine was the last word in power efficiency and is proudly retained as a feature in the entrance hall.
Part of the Dewar's portfolio since 1923, Aultmore has always been rated by the top class blenders and it is used in Dewar's blends which currently account for most of its production. Aultmore was sold to Bacardi in 1998.
An all natural colour with no hint of peat smoke, Aultmore is non chill-filtered for a full clean, smooth flavour.
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