Aultmore 14 2002 SMWS 73.81 “Dark chocolate destiny”

Aultmore SMWS 73.81

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / SMWS

Region: Speyside

59.8% ABV

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


Aultmore 9-Year 2008 The Sovereign (K&L)


Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / The Sovereign

Region: Speyside

59.7% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: 100% Malted barley

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Brown Sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, nutty, leather, dry chocolate, pipe tobacco

Feel: Medium body, dry

Taste: Sherry, dried fruits, pepper, leather, cinnamon, charred oak

Finish: Medium warmth and length, cigar smoke, pepper, sherry, blackberry, dark chocolate

Thoughts: This is a drier sherry bomb, and I’d compare it against Aberlour A’bundah, this has more of a leathery dark chocolate that straight fruit presence and for the price was an excellent value.

Score: 82 out of 100


Aultmore 12

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / Bicardi

Region: Speyside

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 12 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malt, dried apples, vanilla, citrus, sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Grass, pepper, citrus, milk chocolate

Finish: Surprisingly hot and long, with damp hay, citrus, tart and bitter, with pepper and oak

Thoughts: The nose and body are standard speyside fair, but it really falls apart on the finish, making me dislike continuing to drink it.

Score: 70 out of 100