Day 2 of our 25 day journey.
Open up your calendar and find alcove No.2. Pop it open and grab your wee dram.
Whisky: A.D. Rattray Aultmore 2007, 7yo single malt.
A.D. Rattray love to bottle at cask strength and allow you to play with as much or as little water as you feel is needed.
*Single Cask Number 900015 – Sherry Hogshead – 50% alcohol non chill-filtered*
Aultmore is a Speyside distillery built in 1895 and is Gaelic for “the big burn”. Aultmore’s production is used almost entirely for Dewar’s blends. Quite rare to find as a Single Malt, it is left to quality independent bottlers like A.D. Rattray to bring us this tasty distillery in it’s most delicious form.
A. D. Rattray 2007 Aultmore 7yo
Colour: Tawny brown with a faint blush of red like a good English Pale Ale
Nose: Sea salted caramel infused white chocolate.
Taste: Surprisingly soft for 50%, dark chocolate covered raisins with candied orange peel pieces.
Finish: Long and evolving with some French press coffee notes and a touch of cardamom.
This is a great example of how good a younger cask can be. Longer aging is not the defining influence on if a whisky can be balanced and delicious and this Aultmore has tons of character and flavor at a mere 7 years.
Water: Softening and developing into a chocolate covered blood orange creamsicle.
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
Only 2 days in and I am already fully engaged with the quality of these casks. Remember that I am massively bias when it comes to these whiskies so:
feel free to throw in your own opinions and tasting notes. If you had tried this whisky blind I can guarantee that you would never have picked it at only 7 years old. This calendar journey is going to challenge some of the established whisky marketing axioms.
One of the exciting things about this ongoing Advent Blog is being able to connect as a calendar community and share ideas, favorites and especially honest critique.
The most wonderful thing about whisky is it has as much diversity to offer as people have favorite flavors.
You may not like every whisky in this years calendar but I can guarantee that there will be some that you will absolutely love.
So please get stuck into the comments section. Make sure you get your notes in the brochure and tuck it all away for another night.
For those that loved the Aultmore the following whisky loving retailers will be able to help you find one of the only 60 bottles available.
See you all tomorrow for day 3 …