Aultmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Foggie Moss
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Hogsheads
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Dec 2014 2:53 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 48.39

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Whisky Reviews for Aultmore 12-year-old

79 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.10 points

  1. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is very good, very rewarding. Handles water well. Needs the water for an immensely improved nose and taste. Great buy.
    • Nose
      w/o water: Dry. Wood. Light, green herbs, berries; sweet and sour. Complex.

      w/ water: Dry. Spring flowers. Light vanilla, green savory herbs. Sweet perfume.
    • Taste
      w/o water: sweet arrival. immediately going into a long development from sweetness to wood bitter and lemon fruit flesh.

      w/ water: sweet, dry arrival. swiftly followed by a prolonged development of mouth filling citrus sweetness.
    • Finish
      w/ water: sustained long finish of sweet citrus and wood sap complexity. Dry.

  2. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Aultmore 12YO is a good initial malt. It’s an enough sweet with pear note, with strong notes of wood and cereal, with spices. The palate appears with sweet pear note, and goes with grass, wood, black pepper, hay notes. The finish is a middle, spicy and dry with green pears note. It’s a quiet good for drink with friends during patties. 

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Well, that's young, I would say. The barrels were certainly not bad, but that does not tear it out.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Really interesting, even the second blind tasting, where he does not convince me. Last time he had gotten 79 points, this time it was only 75, on average 77. Granted, this time it was the seventh malt in the series, not the very best condition, but he just can not really like me.
    The lax impression of the first time has also confirmed by the way, I have typed here again to 40%.
    • Nose
      Right typical bourbon notes immediately, yellow fruit in honey, the alcohol is well integrated. Clean, round, without surprises. Heated the fruits disappear, what remains are caramel and honey. On the second try a light but clear, salty sweat note and tons of malt, very grainy, rather little fruit and sweetness.
    • Taste
      Fairly sweet, honey, gruff alcohol, bitter notes at the end, metallic crackling. The second time less sweet, a little more mellow, still young.
    • Finish
      The sweetness goes, bitterness stays a bit longer, medium.

  4. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was my favourite bottle of last summer! It's incredibly fresh, certainly a high quality entry level OB! Made me try other Aultmores, but this is still the best for me so far.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Spring in a glass: grassy, lemon, green apple, hops, and freshly cut flowers. A bit sweeter after a while with apple juice, limoncello and malt sugars, but also some coriander, fresh laundry and kiwi's appear.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full and clear on rhubarb, citrus fruits, redcurrants and yogurt. Various herbs, almost like a sterrenmunt tea. Vanilla fudge and honey provide sweetness, while it also has a mineral edge.
    • Finish
      84 84
      More fruity now (citrus, apple, strawberry). Fennel seed, roasted peanuts, a bit mineral again. Maybe some cardboard, which brings it down.

  5. Casketje scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you like Speyside whiskies (like I do) and you want to try a decent priced standard bottling (I paid €35) at 46% of a lesser known distillery then this might be a good option. To me it stands out from the pack as it's less fruity-honey but instead has a very herbal side to it.

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: floral and slighty vegetal, fruity with fresh pears and apples, butter. Water and breathing time brings out vanilla and some roasted almonds.

    Taste: light but not a thin mouthfeel, vanilla with a fresh fruitiness of pear and ripe galia melon, some vegetal oiliness and black pepper.

    Finish: buttery and nutty with a spiciness of black pepper and bitter white grapes.

    A real nice entry level Aultmore, fairly priced considering quality and presentation of what's in the bottle.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. ChrisSym did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      The first impression is very perfumed with a little honey sweetness, fine vanilla and oak in the background. With pear, if not yet ripe. A touch of herbs compliments the sweetness pleasantly. Overall very mild and calm.
    • Taste
      Again the perfumed sweetness, floral. Then comes the oak seasoning, which gives a nice contrast. The honey can also be felt again. No rough edges. Would definitely do well as a summer whisky.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long with floral notes and oak. Distant impression of aromatic campfire smoke. Getting dry in the end.

  8. hafssol scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Pale colour and thin body for a Speysider. Actually "foggy" and wintertime dram, with warming oak notes and lot of grass-vanilla-lemon flavours. Its round, warm, somehow understated taste, can be fully appreciated on a cold winter night, but I bet its light body can fit also in a warmer season. Balanced and remarkably complex for its age, it also displays a good quality/price ratio.

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Less is More

    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.

  10. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81


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