Aultmore 25yo A.D. Rattray

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!

Nose: A maximum of sherry, heavy-loaded as they say (one of my neighbours is regulary heavy-loaded but in another way). Beautiful notes of plums, grapes, but also berries and cherries. It also smells (good) old leather and fresh nuts. Nice beginning!

Mouth: Wow, with its 52.6%, I certainly expected something relatively strong in the mouth but here too it’s quite heavy! The palate is saturated with strong aromas of sherry, walnuts wine, chocolate and tobacco. Plums and grapes bring a little sweetness in second mouth. You can add water to get it sweeter, leaving more place for the fruits. But personally I like it neat 😉

Finish: Long and dry, on plums, nuts and tobacco.

Note: 90/100

Available for €160 on its release date, this Aultmore 25yo A.D. Rattray was a great investment. No need to say that the 464 bottles were quickly sold, you can still find a few bottles for the double of this price (minimum). You still have the opportunity to enjoy it with a sample of 3cl by Jurgen 😀