Monday, November 29, 2010

Aultmore beats Tormore


scotchneat.com is new to both of these distilleries and conducted quite a face-off. Both are from D&M clubs. These bottles came just in time as we were losing faith in the D&M club selections. The Connoisseurs' club bottle (really MacKillop for source on both) was really fresh. A 15 year old Tormore - clearly a bourbon cask. No need for water. All the right bourbon cask notes - sweetness and a bit of char. But then came the Aultmore... 
D&M notes on the 21 yr old cask strength Aultmore: Aultmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky -D&M Exclusive Bottling. This whisky was brought to us by Lorne McKillop and was distilled on June of 1988. Aged for 21 years and bottled at 55.2 % ABV cask strength from cask # 2546. The scotch is bright brass in color with steady legs, the nose is dominated by toasted barley, brown sugar and followed by marshmallow and a touch of sea air. Rich, malty flavors, lots of upfront fruit consisting of melon, citrus, pear. The finish shows campfire smoke and cumin. The addition of water opens up notes of cocoa, vanilla, salt water taffy and really tames the spice. D&M Tasting Notes.
Aultmore Distillery lies several miles north of the town of Keith on the eastern fringe of Speyside. This remote and sparse location was a smugglers paradise. The numerous burns and the peat-rich springs of the Foggie Moss from which the distillery draws its waters, were additional incentives for the illicit stills.
Edward Alexander a prominent scotch figure (known for Benrinnes and Dallas Dhu to name a few) built Aultmore in 1894. The distillery initially did very well and production was doubled in the first few years. However the Pattison crash was just around the corner. The crash hit Edwards hard as he had been a large supplier of bulk whisky to Pattison. Production continued at Aultmore but times were difficult. Pattison’s downfall has led to a surplus of Speyside Malt whisky on the market, Prohibition in America and the 1920s depression all took their toll. Finally, Edwards sold the distillery to John Dewar & Sons Ltd of Perth .
In the early fifties, the Aultmore and Imperial distilleries performed pioneering experiments that would lead to utilizing most of the distillery waste matter (pot ale and draff) for protein-rich animal feed. This practice is now industry-wide and makes the production of scotch whisky one of the most ecologically sound industries in existence.

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