Dram Review: SMWS 73.90 Aultmore “Pear Flans in a Patisserie”

[54.6%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles]

Nose:

Playful oomph of creamy custard and pear crumble stirred with a hint of rose water. Some minerals as it grows a tad milky and farmy.

Palate & Finish:

Lightheartedly sweet at first as the nashi pears and aloe vera really pop but then the thicker farmy toffee note hits. Bakkwa intersecting the crispness of the fruits.

Flashes of spiciness in the finish, a hint of hard water perhaps.

Thoughts:

Interesting interaction between the light and heavy, a bit of a thinker’s dram for a leisurely afternoon. In saying that I wouldn’t mind something less intellectual but crisper though..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

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

Whisky Review: SMWS Aultmore 73.83 “Anzac Biscuits and Cricket Bats”

[56.9%・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2017・15 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 522 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose is perhaps on the shy side at first, still there is a good inherent presence of Oloroso; sticky prunes, figs with a wee sprinkle of gunpowder.  Give it some time to to breathe and it develops a floral musk and thereafter a rustic weetbix note.

Palate & Finish:

Mmm, a charged iteration of Oloroso influence, syrupy and spicy with a hearty and juicy execution of dried fruits.  What follows is a creamy toffee note that gets evened out by a fitting measure of red tea tannins.  Cooked strawberries glazed with a balsamic reduction and paired with thin slices of dark chocolate.

Raisin toast that’s slightly burnt and as an icing on top, just a sprinkle of rose water that brings the finishing alive again.

Thoughts:

Well, I think the society members in Australia will be happy with another one of Andrew’s Sherried Specials.

Happy birthday SMWS and well picked AD!

-Nicholas