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Aultmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
221
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

€ 108.02

33 × in wishlist

221 × member ratings

468 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aultmore 18-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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[+]

  5. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-18-2021 in Stürzelberg.

  6. 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.

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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

  9. 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;

  10. Gråmantel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

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