Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / SMWS
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Aged For: 14 years (distilled 2002)
Cask Type: Refill ex-Sherry butt
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Color: Dark gold
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.
Nose: Malt, honey, alcohol, cocoa, spice, vanilla, and subtle fruit
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body
Palate/Taste: Chocolate, malt, vanilla, oak, bitter sweets, clove oil, caramel and honey
Finish: Medium warmth and length, true to the namesake I pick up more chocolate, Turkish delight, malt, and brown sugar with baking spice
Thoughts: I didn’t detect any fruit from the sherry influence, but it imparts a chocolatey caramel flavor that’s very enjoyable.
Score: 83 out of 100