Bonds of friendship, strengthened over a good dram, can span the globe and remain solid even if opportunities to meet are rare.
Such is the case with one friend from the US who happened to be in Mumbai while I was in the US. As I braved blizzard conditions in North America, she was enjoying catching up with our Whisky Ladies in much more pleasant conditions.
I returned home after she left, to be greeted by a lovely bouquet of lilies, some delicious chocolates and carefully put away in my whisky cabinet, a generous and much appreciated gift – an Aultmore 12 year.
Aultmore 12 year 46%
- Nose – A lovely fresh citrus, delightful drizzle of honey, some vanilla then crisp orchard fruits, a creamy quality with a nougat, oak, bit of spice
- Palate – Sweet with a light spice, a bit malty with gentle wood, more of that nuttiness, cream almost oily
- Finish – An easy finish with spice, surprisingly long with the spice continuing
- Water – While it isn’t needed, a splash of cool water goes well too, making it even more accessible
There was something quite fresh about this whisky, reminding me of spring bursting with new growth with a soft perfume in the air. Nothing complicated, it is easy and enjoyable, understated yet really rather good – one I’m delighted to have grace my whisky cabinet.
As I raised a silent toast to my friend, I thought it rather appropriate to have such an enjoyable sociable dram remain as a malty reminder of our times together… and look forward to the next chance our paths cross somewhere in this world
And what do the folks over at Dewar have to say?
Crisp notes of apples and pears with an aromatic floral finish.
What about other Aultmore experiences?
- 5 year (2007/2012) 66.8% (Master of Malt) & Revisit Sep 2017
- 14 year (2000/2014) 46% (G&MP) & Revisit Nov 2017
- 18 year ‘Foggie Moss’ 46%
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