Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Aultmore 1982 35 Years Old

Style: Sour-sweet and Elegant

Nose:

An inspiring fusion of raspberry yoghurt and hawthorns, sweet aroma with a teasing acidity, very charming. Sour fruits laced gracefully into a layer of coal amber smoke. Dark cherries, casserole fruits and honeycomb wax. Gentle ginger and peppermint heat. Finish with brown sugar and walnut oak. Very nice.

Palate:

Raspberry ice cream, fresh pomegranate with full-blown assorted black berries. The sour-sweet theme continues, with a less prominent fashion, but more other substances… Menthol overtone, vintage style of coal smoke churning lightly. Simmering red fruits unfolded at the core, a couple of waxy, floral drops rippling to the sides. Chocolate almonds, tobacco leaves and raisin toast. Dry spices giving a heart-warming zing. Finish with a bite of chocolate macadamia.

Finish:

Red fruits and chocolate stacking on each other to create a long satisfying finish. Tobacco ash undertone, a speckle of spearmint to finish.

Thoughts:

My first Aultmore from the 80s, a real eye-opener. A seamless amalgamation between unique sour-sweetness and vintage Speyside smoke matured to perfection.  Generally I do not buy two bottles of the same whisky, but I am seriously considering getting a second bottle… Mr. Charles Maclean said this is the best Aultmore he has ever tasted, and I think he is not wrong… Excellent dram.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[54.8% • Independent Bottling • 2017 Bottled • 1982 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number 1576 • 1 of 196 Bottles • **]

-Esmond