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Aultmore is a lesser known Speysider that was only ‘revived’ a couple of years ago by owners Dewar’s & Sons in the so-called The Last Great Malts series. For Mark & Manny’s Malts it is an honor to be able to cooperate with photographer (and close friend) Ilse Everaert, who made some great photos in Antarctica and allowed us to use them on our labels. Hence our 2018 will be the Antarctica Series. The first label shows Neko Harbour, a peninsula in Andvord Bay on the west coast of Graham Land. Neko Harbour was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache and is named after the Scottish whaler Neko that operated in the bay between 1911 and 1924. The label is designed in such a way that the text appears on the back of the bottle, making sure all attention goes to the beautiful photo.
The nose is fresh on Turkish Delight, sugar candy and gooseberries, with a touch of white chocolate and a hint of lime. This light spirit immediately enchants with its soft nose, making it ideal as an aperitif.
It is soft and sweet on pears, mildly spicy (pepper, nutmeg and a hint of allspice) with gooseberries. Delicate and accessible, but with an underlying power that the nose did not predict.
The finish is medium long and sweet, in which the spices – which become quite powerful towards the end – softly fade away.
Wonderful aperitif. Mark even called it a breakfast whisky, but Manny felt this sounded somewhat awkward and someone has to keep him in check. 85 EUR.