Today I am sharing my impressions about the excellent Aultmore 25yo AD Rattray, a whisky distilled in 1990, aged in sherry casks and bottled in 2015. The Aultmore distillery, located in Speyside, is highly renowned for the quality of its single malts. No need to say that the expectations for one of his whiskys, especially of this age (and even more because you’ll not often find independant bottlings from this distillery and this age), are particularly important 😀 And, super bonus, it has aged in sherry casks and it is a combination that has already proved its worth, some pleasure moments in sight!
I had not tested this famous Glenfarclas 105 yet, it’s now done! “Better late than never!” would some say, “Another Speyside?” Others will say… It’s not my fault if Speyside produces so many good whiskeys and if I can not follow eh! But back to our sheep, hum, rather to my glass. This cask strenght whisky, with a high degree of alcohol (60%… Well no, not 105, sorry eh), is presented as bringing together the aromas of all the Glenfarclas in a single glass… I tell myself that this is a lot for only one glass but we’ll see that! 😀
We continue with another vintage gem, a Balmenach 32 years old (53.1%) by Maltbarn. Maltbarn is one of those independent bottlers who have the nose to select exceptional casks. Most of their bottles are sold out in a few days or even a few hours.