To celebrate their 5th anniversary, the Belgian whisky club Whiskytroef (which translates into whisky trump) bottled this young Aultmore from 2006. Only 30 bottles? That must be a shared cask, which is not only understandable for a club, but also wise. Every member of the club got a personalized label. This is only the 10th Aultmore I try so far, imagine that! And after my own bottling (Aultmore for MMM, remember?), I have really learned to appreciate this malt, so the expectations are quite high.
The nose starts off fairly closed, but your patience (and hand warmth) are rewarded with a very aromatic nose on tarte tatin, almond paste, butter and lemongrass. I get some potato skins and hazel nuts. Hint of eucalyptus and bitter oranges. Wood shavings and hay. There is a lot going on here and it brings a smile to my face.
It is quite quaffable without water, although the arrival is quite muscular. But it is also sweeter than the nose promised, which I find to be a good thing. White fruit and citrus, supported by a good spiciness (think pepper and candied ginger, but also liquorice, some tannin and vanilla). The eucalyptus from the nose returns and gives the malt a fresh lift.
The finish is very long and warm on vanilla and spicy oak.
Lovely young Aultmore that puts its official brothers a bit to shame. Thanks for the sample, Tom!