MacKillop’s Choice – Cask strenght
Distilled : 4/09/1990 – Bottled : April 2013 – Cask number : 5199 – Alcool : 48,10 %
Aultmore whisky is very fresh, with hints of herbs and spices. It is quite dry and a good drink before dinner.
La distillerie Aultmore
En gaélique, Aultmore signifie “Gros ruisseau”.
Elle fut créée en 1896 par Alexander Edwards, qui avait déjà hérité de son père la distillerie Benrinnes. Il créa en outre Craigellachie et acheta en plus la distillerie d’Oban.
L’eau utilisée par Aultmore provient de la source Auchinderran, le malt des malteries de United Distillers de Roseisle et Glenesk. La distillerie possède un mashtun de 9.2 tonnes en acier inoxydable et 6 cuves de fermentation de 46.500 litres en bois de mélèze. Pour la distillation, Aultmore utilise quatre alambics, deux mash stills de 15.500 litre et deux spirits stills de 14.859 litres chauffés à la vapeur.
Un style malté, nuancé par le chêne, semble la caractéristique des whiskys élaborés par Aultmore.
Il y a malheureusement très peu d’embouteillages de single malt, car ce whisky est surtout utilisé pour le Dewar’s blend. C’est la raison pour la quelle Aultmore fait partie de notre gamme “découverte”.
The Bottler : MacKillop’s Choice
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours.
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.
But why can we find as many distilleries in that area? As it was hardly accessible in the past, Speyside used to provide a good protection for distilleries that were usually illegal at that time. Later, when the railway was introduced and the roads were improved, the region still had the required infrastructure to interest investors. Besides, it met all the necessary conditions for whisky manufacturing, which are water, peat and barley in quantity.