Aultmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.61/100
votes
279
Whiskybase ID
WB69903
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Foggie Moss
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks, Refill Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch 481
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L15244B101
Barcode
5000277001880
Added on
05 jul 2015 9:22 am by GLEN MAUR
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 191.52

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279 × member ratings

636 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Aultmore 18-year-old

41 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.61 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Now I get why this is a prized malt for blenders. That's what I call texture!
    If only this was a bit more affordable...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Huh. I'd expected this to be more noticeably sherried, but both the color and the nose say otherwise. Instead of loading up on Oloroso (a widespread approach among 18-year-old distillery bottlings), the folks at Bacardi/Aultmore have opted for a lighter, fresher character, which is a welcome change. This mainly unfolds on floral, grassy, herbal and citric aromas, with a delicate sweet-and-sour balance and a real sense of freshness. The wood only provides the softest of spices. Really good - I'm almost tempted to call this "beautiful" - even though most whisky buyers would probably expect something "heavier" and more substantial at 18 years of age.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wow: really thick and oily. Love the mouthfeel. Rarely had such viscosity at 46%. Impressive flavor-wise as well: An avalanche of herbs and honeys (I'm using the plural for a reason here; it really feels "layered" rather than shallow) with impeccable balance between sweet and tart notes (the acidity is way less prominent than on the nose). Crisp bourbon-matured aromas mingle with just enough refill sherry notes to provide a sense of nutty creaminess. There's even some unexpected chocolate to be found.
      Surprisingly excellent.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Beautiful (there, I said it) coffee notes, mild astringency and tart herbs with a distant vegetal funk. Classy stuff.

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  3. DramALife scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    H2H between 12, 18, and 21. Light and delicate on the nose but a honey fest on the palate. The nose is more subdued than 12 with a touch more mintiness. Sherry cask painted a light touch to complete the story.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 24
    Honey. Very mildly oily. Mint tablet, more pronounced than the 12. A whiff of an old leather sofa. Fresh wet grass.

    P 25
    Manuka honey-drizzled oak. Peppery spices arrived strong but quickly tamed. Buttery. A touch sweeter than 12 with some dark fruits impression.

    F 23
    Mid-short, slightly minty finish. Honey malt. Drying oak. A touch of zingy citrusy.

  4. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a malt that makes me waver between enjoying and being challenged
    it takes time and I really liked it
    Definitely worth buying if the price is right
    • Nose
      pleasant, dark fruit (not red), light cola, peach, tangerines, toffee, vanilla (rather dark), sweetness (no sugar or malt), pear, tart (tobacco/leather) great!!

      from the 1920s: earthy, ripe pears, toffee!!, brown apple, fresh notes (mint, grassy, menthol), mazipan + milk chocolate, light tobacco comes, notes of nuts or cereals
    • Taste
      full and round
      Oak + oil or polish, malt older, nut (almond?), spicy, slightly caramel (dark), becomes tart
    • Finish
      medium to long
      earthy, pear, first sweet then tart, oak + polish

  5. Lenart scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aroma : Light-fruit, balsamic sauce, rosemary
    Taste on arrival : light-fruits, quite watery
    Taste in development : develops very richly : malty character switches to pear, figs and slightly waxy.
    Aftertaste : mid to long

    Development of the taste is the strongest side of this whisky and carries a lot in terms of the mark given.

  6. DramALife scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Refreshingly grassy yet spicy. Sherry casks were used to balance the flavour profile with a heavier body rather than guiding the experience. Pot still distillation has done well on this.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's a 9/10.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla, a whiff of peach and malt.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Herbaceous in a positive way. Digestive biscuit, spices, a touch oily.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mid finish. Sherry. Grassiness lingering

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Slightly disappointing after trying the 12, pretty flat and weak from nose to palate. My least favourite from their 12-21 lineup.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. JeroenVandeWalle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    greasy whisky with a long aftertaste. In the end very very light peat ....

  10. sidqi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Baked fruits,honey and citrus,caramel custard,vanilla ice cream,sugary orange peel,ripe peaches,malt biscuits.Some spices like ginger and fennel.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich,sweet and oily.Peach,tangerine,then warm spices come out.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and warm,a little spicy like ginger and fennel,honey and fruit candy,tannin dryness.

  11. DistiLesha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the most fruity whiskys I have ever tasted.
    N: 21 T: 22 F: 20 B: 21
    • Nose
      Malt, fruit, creamy caramel, fruit toffee, lilies of the valley, daffodils, lemon
    • Taste
      Slightly brewed and alcoholic, lots of fruit and fruity creamy toffee, oak tannin bitterness, salty, 7/10 sweetness, lemon sourness and a little pepper for piquancy.
    • Finish
      Bitterness, tannins, astringency and astringency.

  12. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-18-2021 in Stürzelberg.

  13. Jiangoal scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very satisfying, high-quality traditional single wheat, clear and straightforward taste. It's like listening to a debater's statement, the logic is clear and loud and sound, there is no more nonsense.
    • Nose
      87 87
      After opening the bottle, the bourbon floral scent spurted out. The smell in the cup is a typical sweet and greasy bourbon floral, beeswax, slightly woody notes, and a pungent sensation of alcohol.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Just as Manuka honey flows from the tip of the tongue until it reaches the deep root of the tongue, the cocoa and caramel flavors gradually spread in the middle of the tongue.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spices, the tongue has a prominent spicy sensation. Dryer, medium-to-long duration.

  14. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Color: light gold

    - a very pleasant, fruity, sweet summer
    whisky
    - very harmonious and tasty
    - with about 80 € ok for the really good quality
    • Nose
      soft, fruity, pear, mirabelle plums, apricots
    • Taste
      sweet, very fruity juicy start, vanilla, then getting a little stronger in the mouth, wood notes and a lot of spice, ginger are added, the fruit aromas in the smell are confirmed
      (Pear, mirabelle plums, apricots)
    • Finish
      short, soft fruity finish;
      medium-long spicy aftertaste

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a successful single malt - juicy - fruity - great interplay of ex-bourbon (probably mostly) and sherry barrels;
    The price-performance ratio is also acceptable;
    [Color] = straw;
    • Nose
      fruity (peach, apricot), malty, honey, vanilla, floral, herbs;
    • Taste
      full-bodied, fruity (ripe apples, apricots), oily, honey, vanilla, herbs and spices (very clearly pepper);
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity, ripe apples again, followed by pepper;

  17. Gråmantel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had 3 miniature bottles with Aultmore so I opened them all and compared them because I have never tried anything from this Speyside distillery before. 12y, 18yo and 21yo Foggie Moss. A small simple clumsy test in peace and quiet.
    • Nose
      The 12 year old is very citrus in the scent. Grapefruit. Grassy. Honey. No peat here but there are a lot of floral and light herbal scents. I get minerality. A little cask influence but not much.

      The 18-year-old is immediately more chocolatey, nuttier and 'darker'. More woodspice. Dried hay. More earthy than the 12th. Sweet woodspice.

      The 21-year-old was surprisingly grassy and alert. Cucumber water? After a while comes a difficult sweetness that I find in the 12th but not in the 18th, although here in the 21st it is more noticeable. Bärté.
    • Taste
      The 12-year-old has a grassy honey combo in the taste. Not even whisky screaming out flavors. With a little water, I experience it sweeter. A little vanilla from the barrel.

      The 18-year-old has a slower pace, it takes time to make himself known. Sherry sweetness but definitely no bomb. Oily mouthfeel. Spicy.

      The 21-year-old tastes younger than 21, a little pinched on the tongue. This one is also oily like the two younger editions.
    • Finish
      The 12-year-old's oiliness remains with a fresh sweet aftertaste. Vanilla. Medium but not as long as 18. A little bitterness at the back of the tongue. Good balance.

      The 18-year-old is relatively dry in the aftertaste but it has a good spiciness that I like. Medium.

      The 21-year-old I expected a more impressive finish but it is no longer than the 18-year-old. Not bad but a little too easy to forget. The 21 is more like the 12 here as well as in many other aspects. The 18-year-old is the one who stands out from them.

      12 - 83p
      18 - 86p
      21 - 81p

  18. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    beautiful continuation of the 12yo
    hadn't expected aultmore to be so fruity
    I like it a lot, maybe even better than the 18yo glenlivet
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first, quite closed, time and warmth help
      then it becomes more and more fruity and fuller: red apples, tree sap, but also something floral can be found
      a little oak and vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      87 87
      very nice oily texture
      in terms of taste a continuation of the nose: fruity & floral later oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      unfortunately he is slowly running out of air here
      rather short to medium long
      but no bitterness or off notes

  19. blacknapkins scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant drink, unique take on a sherry-influenced whisky. Would make an excellent summer dram if it was a bit less expensive here in Belgium.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Elegant, inviting, what you would expect from a great 18 year old. It's rather fresh, very clean, maybe a bit light and balances on sweet and sour notes. Bowl of oatmeal with kiwi, peaches and raspberry jam.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spices build up and just when it starts to get hot, it rolls off into thick honey sweetness. ABV is just right. Sultana grapes and traces of nutmeg but personally i don't get much more specific notes from the palate since it's on the thinner side.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish. Sultana grapes again and light filter coffee notes, lingering drying sensation.

  21. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Smell: Friendly alcohol, the main theme is a lot of ripe fruits falling on the ground, such as rotten mango and orange jam, full of umami, the background is very interesting, it is an attractive burnt pot and fried malt , Making the span of smells wide, and there are a lot of fine flavors piled up in the middle waiting for you to catch, like mud, caramel shaqima, rich tobacco oil, caramel buds, chocolate macarons, it seems like In a net red shop, the windows are filled with exquisite desserts and coffee.

    Drink: The wine has a strong oily feel, full and smooth, a slight burning sensation, the entrance taste is very rich and delicious, the sweet Shirley immediately opens in the cavity, the strength is just right, the finish is long, the pleasing ripe fruit flavor surrounds the teeth Between the time, the sense of pleasure increased greatly.

    Sense: The one that is often out of stock in the regular series of Omo, the complexity of smelling is quite high, about the spirit of Omo’s winery, the part of Bourbon, the part of Shirley barrel, all aspects are experienced, and the sense of balance is also done Pretty good. The taste is a very good part, there is no element of reducing the score, and it gradually improves your pleasure. Coupled with cost performance, it should definitely be included in the array of grain.

  22. craide scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose is very appealing, calm and balanced but not spectacular either. Palate falls off a little. Despite its simplicity, it is a successful malt whose flavor combination I don't think I have had yet.
    • Nose
      85 85
      somewhat floral, grassy and oak flavor, honey sweetness, spices, slightly musty after old dusty attic, sawdust, a slight fruitiness after cherries follows. Pleasant and well balanced.
    • Taste
      84 84
      full, smooth and slightly oily appearance, grass, citrus note, rich malt, slightly peppery and spicy with vanilla notes, the sweet and slightly vanilla fruitiness predominate here and make the whole thing a bit monotonous. In the price range maybe a little too little variety.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish, sweet, only a little fruity and becoming dry but fits the overall impression quite well.

  23. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A summer or spring whisky. A real success.

  24. Vallado scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. Vince scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very nice dram. smooth but in a good way, fruity, fresh, some spice. one of the findings of 2016 for me.

  26. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A wine that embodies the strength of the winery is reminiscent of the harvest season when the sun shines on the wheat field, and Speside's delicate and sweet is full. Although the taste is in the direction of green grass and flowers and fruits, the delicate cream and malt flavor make the body of the wine very firm, just like the killer is not too cold in the sweet and mature inner loli. I bought 700 last month, I feel that it is a very competitive wine within a thousand yuan.
    • Nose
      Oily, green grass, spicy.
    • Taste
      Cream, grass, citrus sugar, malt grass, slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      Medium and sweet.

  27. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Tim-R scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  29. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Zürich airport, gentle sweet dram with nice layers
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In direct comparison not better than the 12er, only a little more mature. In sum, I like the 12er maybe a bit better. Totally dignified 18er, who does not conceal his age, but still can not fully convince.
    • Nose
      In contrast to the 12er nose is much less fruity, but also shy, less accessible. Rather honey, spices, oak, slightly musty, sawdust, a light fruitiness in the background.
    • Taste
      Round, mild, spices, oak, mouth-filling in the mouth.
    • Finish
      The effluent is astringent, also oak and spices, light fruit notes show up, a bit deciduous herbaceous, smoky.

  31. Martin1965 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Orange, nectarine, strong spices
    • Taste
      Spices, oak, vanilla, pepper
    • Finish
      Sweet and dry

      Very interesting malt. The mixture of fruit and spices. Something different - 91 points

  32. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Lemon sorbet and raspberries, that's my first association with the scent that streams out of the glass. Candy, caramel pudding and pale blossom honey.
    After a bit of breath, the smell of a meadow at the beginning of spring rises from the glass, some heather and a hint of tobacco.
    All in all an unobtrusive nose that pleases, but not really enthusiastic.

    Mouth:
    Well, and here it goes downhill. A sticky sweetness in the mouth of toffee, doused with honey and then dusted with vanilla sugar. Not quite watery, not quite oily, it lies on the tongue and gives off a few more spicy notes, a few berries (raspberry and strawberry), then it was already.

    Finish: sticky sweet on the front half of the tongue, the rest of the mouth rather contracts - very dry but fortunately short.

    Conclusion: A good nose, but that was it. In the taste he is interchangeable and personally too sweet, too vanillig. Nice for a dram incidentally, but I can also buy a cheaper standard.

  33. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  34. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Caramelize honey glace fruit of juicy peach, apricot and orange. Sweet spiced tobacco leaf dressed with soft leather nuance rises at the back. Straight forward with waves of sweetness sunk in.

    P- Soft dark sherry notes of leather lurking. Good bites of canned apple or apricot, chewy dehydrated fruit strips. But also overdrive by the gluey sweetness that comes with it.

    F:- Medium, sticky macaroon or meringue with mixed nuts spreads and extra cream. Much firm on texture compare to the 12YO, and also much more modern, accessible and.... also simpler.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/whisky-squad-149-judgement-day/

    N: Beautiful oily sweet citrus Speysider with malty grassy>hessian toffee>fruity>chocolate traits.
    T: Strong & prickly ethanol hit. 16yo? 50%? Water only helps it initially. Turns quite dry.
    F: Short & dry sultana finish. Probably all bourbon casks, maybe a touch of sherry.
    C: Straight forward simple whisky with an average balance. The wood is prickly - 1st fill?. I guessed Aultmore 16yo and scored it at 83 points using my personal scoring system. As a collective of four [to a table], two of our team had this down in the high 70’s at best. Nick and I held this in higher regard which meant our table collectively awarded this Aultmore 18yo with 81 points. Medal-wise that gives this decent yet fairly modest whisky a gold medal, a shitty gold as i put it. In reality the SBWM awarded this a silver medal. At this point, the scoring/medals system debate begun in earnest.Scores a C[+]

  36. Macheye scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Aultmore 18 year old has good mouthfeel and a simple but effective array of flavours. Tasty stuff and very indicative of the light Speyside style – it’s also just a touch dull to my palate. It sits in between the 12 year old and 21 year old and yet doesn’t necessary offer any particular distinction to either. At £80 that makes it a slightly tough proposition. Overall - well-made, light, sweet and inoffensive.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/aultmore/aultmore-18-year-old/
    • Nose
      Fresh and demi-sweet. The sherry influence is dainty and light (perhaps American white oak and not European oak casks for this?!), and is joined by honey, fudge and some lightly damp hay. Vanilla and red berries provide substance and are supported by light heather florals and some sharp lemon. Simple, but pleasant enough.
    • Taste
      A good mouthfeel for both the 43% and likewise the light character of Aultmore. Honey, toffee and hay again, but now more defined with apple peels, grapes, orange zest and some real creaminess. Earthiness is still here, quite musty, almost like a forest mushroom.
    • Finish
      Short to medium with some light pepperiness and fair amount of astringency.

  37. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  38. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Basically, this is really just a much more mature 12 year old with a little gain in flavor - probably thanks to the sherry casks used. Much more complex in the nose, but less exciting on the palate than expected. Everything is more mature and more pronounced and the juvenile corners have been rounded off a bit, but he does not want to worry about a real aha experience. A very matured and typical Speyside whisky, which ...

    Detailed tasting with photos: < https://dramned.blog/2017/04/24/aultmore-18-46/
    • Nose
      In the nose, it resembles strikingly his younger brother, but where the 12-year-old was still airy light, the 18s clearly set and heavier, the aromas oily from the glass, especially a beguiling vanilla, caramel, Demerara sugar, green apples , ripe pears and light grapes, but also very beautiful tropical fruits such as spicy papaya and mango - almost like a Rumfasslagerung. A decent pipe tobacco. The oak is also significantly more dominant here than the 12-year-old and underlays the fruit with a strong woody spice
    • Taste
      Oily and full, he fills the mouth, a warming spiciness spreads, followed by a fierce honey sweetness, dark-baked butter biscuits, in fruits, I mainly have more light ripe grapes, beautiful berries and a few juicy cherries. Then wonderfully strong and beautifully integrated oak notes, which emphasize the long maturation very plastic, without making the whisky too bitter. A typical influence of the sherry barrels, I can barely perceive.
    • Finish
      The finish leaves a beautiful malty and light fruit, fresh hay and again slightly dry oak, but less dominant. Overall, rather medium.

  40. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Do not get me wrong, you can drink it, but somehow it is expressionless, meaningless.
    • Nose
      Pretty light for his 18 years with Sherry Cask. At first I smell nothing of the sherry. Rather wood, honey and sweet fruits. Not a very strong aroma.
    • Taste
      The taste continues: oak, honey, vanilla. It gets a little spicier over time.
    • Finish
      The finish is spicy, dry.

  41. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruit, red fruits dominate first, strawberries with custard. Oh, yes, there were also firstfilled bourbon barrels. Before the sweetness daubs me even more the first sip.

    Gorgeous oily glide the green gummi bears in the mouth, then warms the alcohol, everything very harmonious and round. Even in the finish he remains wonderfully fruity and gentle. A very fine malt, noble and relaxed. The only drawback is the perfection of the composition, you can like it ...

  42. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lemon cake, honey, a dash of vanilla. Pears. Garden herbs.
    • Taste
      Yellow apples, bright grapes, lemons. White chocolate. Medium.

  43. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty and above all elegant whisky, nevertheless interesting and not too round / pleasing. I like it out of memory even better than the 25er, 80-90 € are not a bargain, but if you are on the style of something nobler, are the appropriate here.
    • Nose
      Raspberry / strawberry sweets, lime syrup, then vanilla pudding, intense cereal notes, some aromatic, fresh hay, a hint of white pepper - very pleasant, round, elegant
    • Taste
      the red berries shimmer through, rather tart lime, dry white wine ... then again cereals, malt, a bit sweet-and-sweet, a bit herbaceous, altogether dry and velvety
    • Finish
      long, velvety, very dry, white pepper, some old leather

  44. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Tasting: Aultmore 18 years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd4BRrHO_0E

  45. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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