Aultmore distillery was founded in 1895, and it is located in Keith, Banffshire. It has changed hands several times over the years, and now is owned by Dewars. The majority of the single malt produced at the distillery goes into blends, and there were several official bottlings, such as “Flora and Fauna”, but they are hard to come by.
Old Malt Cask range is produced by Douglas Lang and Co, Glasgow, an independent bottler, that has been producing fine single malts since 1948. The OMC range emerged in 1998 with a caveat that the single cask bottling would only be available in limited numbers. But the initial 50, to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary, was gradually passed and today over a hundred superb Malts are offered to the connoisseur or anyone else with good taste for that matter. The Old Malt Cask offerings are not chill filtered, leaving in each bottle all the oils, fats and enzymes that combine to give the quality of the nose, palate, mouth-feel and finish. A preferred strength of 50% alc/vol (referred to as the Golden Strength by old die hards) is maintained as owners Fred and Stewart Laing wholeheartedly believe this strength creates a fine, round, full quality for various Malts when taken “neat”.
This bottling of Aultmore 21yr was distilled in 1991, aged for 21 years in refill hogshead, and bottled in July 2013. The are only 150 bottles ever made. This particular bottling was selected by Brad Jarvis, the Master of Whisky, and our good friend.
NOSE: Fruity and floral, pears, vanilla, grassy, malty.
PALATE: Sweet, grassy, light spice, pear, apple juice.
FINISH: Medium, apple, malt.
Note: Limited availability, while supply lasts.