Aultmore distillery, was founded in 1896 by Alexander Edward. When drinking locally, you wouldn’t ever ask for an Aultmore, but for ‘a dram of the Buckie road’. Located in splendid isolation on the route which runs from that fishing port to Keith, it has until very recently been rare as a single malt. In 1923 the distillery became part of the John Dewar & Sons estate and has remained so ever since. In fact, so highly prized is it as a blending malt that when Bacardi was in the process of buying Dewar’s, it was willing to walk away from the deal if Aultmore wasn’t included. The distillery was completely refurbished in the 1970s. The character of its single malts, including this independent bottling by Berry Brothers & Rudd, show the tremendous quality that whisky made at Aultmore can achieve.
The nose of the 1982 single malt offers fruity resinous, burnt grass notes with some spice showing. The palate has some buttery and toasty notes, building well to deliver malty, creamy texture and yellow fruit skins. Some smokiness becomes evident. The finish gives lingering sweetness cut by spice.