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Aultmore 1997 Connoisseurs Choice

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Aultmore 1997 Connoisseurs Choice

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  • Brand: Aultmore
  • Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  • Series: Connoisseurs Choice
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Vintage: 1997

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Aultmore 1997 Connoisseurs Choice

I recently purchased 2 bottles of Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Aultmore 97 vintage single malt whisky. I opened my first bottle last night, and must say, this stuff is smooth! Definitely a summer sipper. It is a nice change from the heavy hitting cask strength whiskies that i've been drinking lately. The nose is reminiscent of other light young Speysiders. Very sweet to smell, almost cotton candyish, with honey and caramel apple. On the palate, the entry and mid palate is pleasantly sumptuous and sweet, with the taste of honey, baked apple/plum tart, and a very soft tinge of smoke and spice. As mentioned, this single malt is not overly sweet, but is sweet enough! Overall, I find this to be a fairly well balanced malt, with the exception, and points deducted for the short finish. I usually trump for a whiskey that lingers on and on, but hey! You can't go wrong with a 14 year old whisky that presents itself this classy and at this price point. I managed to get this beauty for $59 CAD at my local LCBO. Most Aultmore is placed into Dewar's blends, so drinking this as a single malt is something of a rare beast (as it mentions on the box). Definitely worth seeking out and adding to your collection!


To celebrate the Speyside festival we have a new tasting: hidden gems of speyside. We chose Gordon & Macphails 1997 Connoisseurs Choice for our second whisky. Aultmore, near the Speyside town of Keith and named after the nearby Burn of Auchinderran , are part of the John Dewar group, who are in turn owned by Bacardi. There is no official current single malt release; the 3 million litre capacity goes into Dewar’s blends.

Pats notes: Nose: Tangerines, toffee, grapes, mango with oak lurking way off in the distance. Eventually, a strong hit of honey and lemon cough sweets.

Taste: Initially, light and creamy sherry with some fairly sappy and heavy oak spice, gradually replaced by honey and a lighter tingly spice with vanilla ice cream on the finish.

This is definitely a hidden gem of Speyside! My first dram from the bottle was good. I revisited the following days, and needless to say I was very impressed. This is an easy to drink malt, which is nicely rounded out! I too noticed the oak more as I drank more. I am over halfway done my bottle and I just opened it less than a week ago!

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