12 Years Old

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 128
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Brand: Aultmore
Expression: 12 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Crisp, minerally and fresh with underlying barley and orange blossom honey. Deep with hints of vanilla oak and later a touch of toasted toffee and herbs.
Palate: A little more of the toffeed oak so not as fresh as the nose would suggest. Gently honeyed with hints of apricot, barley and developing stony notes.
Finish: Good fresh finish, the alcohol and mineral notes cut through.
Comment: The nose displays a lovely freshness and though the rather dominant oak reigns that freshness in on the palate, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable aperitif style whisky.
Taster   Alwynne Gwilt
Nose: An odd nose, slightly sour, then caramel and pine. Vanilla with more floral notes as it opens. Needs time, becomes more gentle and appealing. After ten minutes though, still a sweaty pineapple note.
Palate: Fairly hot for the ABV. Lots of prickle at the front of the tongue. Pears, oak and caramel covered apples with some marzipan thrown in.
Finish: Medium length finish. Notes of apples come through. And slight, dry bitterness.
Comment: Slightly puzzling at first but grew on me as I let it air.
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Aultmore Distillery, Keith, Banffshire, Speyside, Scotland
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