In an attempt to promote their distilleries, John Dewar & Sons launched the series ‘The Last Great Malts’ in 2014 with releases from Brackla, The Deveron (aka Glen Deveron, so basically from the Macduff distillery), Aulmore, Craigellachie and Aberfeldy. This Aultmore 12 years old Foggie Moss is named after the hills to the north of the distillery where the Burn of Auchinderran springs, the big burn Aultmore uses the water from in their production. Aultmore actually means ‘big burn’ so the circle is complete.
Fresh nose on apples and vanilla, honey and yellow fruit, devoid of spices. A bit of lime, pebbles in the sun, fresh rhubarb. It’s not complex, but it certainly smells good.
The body is just fine. Immediately sweet and fruit on lime and rhubarb again, joined by honey, pear drops, fresh pineapple juice and green garden herbs. All of this around a malty heart. Some soft pepper appears to give it some power.
The finish lingers surprisingly long. Again on apples, but now some nuts appear. A light bitter note at the death.
Less is more. Fine entry level Aultmore, around 50 EUR.