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Aultmore 18 Year Old

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Aultmore distillery has switched hands many times since originally opening in 1895. However despite its long history, Aultmore only produced its first single malt bottling in 2004. Located in the Speyside region, the distillery sources its water from the peat-imbued springs of the Foggie Moss.  The Aultmore 12 year old has been available at the LCBO for a few years, but this 18 year old expression is just now available at $199.95. Part of Dewar's "Last Great Malts" range, it was first launched in 2015.

Nose: Brilliant pale gold; a complex nose, with caramel, fruity, buttery notes contributed by lengthy barrel ageing. Cereal, fruit salad, vanilla, citrus, peach. Very inviting. Adding water brings notes of fresh cut grass clippings. 

Palate: Honeysuckle, watermelon, yet earthy. The spirit is sweet and smooth. An oily mouthfeel leads rich sweet notes of fudge, caramel, and sherry, followed by some nutty flavors. A herbaceous backdrop evolves into spice on the palate.  More delicious cereals appear, with vinous (Riesling and Chardonnay) character and orange blossom.

Finish: Sultana, citrus and honey linger on the light, smooth finish.

Overall: If you're one who likes complex and earthy whiskies, that have just a hint of the garden shed in their profile, this is great. Although for $200 at the LCBO, I would simply prefer to buy two bottles of Talisker. 

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