Old Masters – Cask strength
Distilled : 1997 – Bottled : 2012 – Cask number : 3592 – Alcool : 54,80 %
(85.5 = very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying.) nose 22.5 taste 22 finish 20 balance 21. The busy, juicy delivery sees the barley dominating early on. But very little weight with the delicate smoke just apparent on the nose absent on the palate. The finish is thin and short. (Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2013)
La distillerie Aultmore
La distillerie traditionnelle Aultmore se trouve un peu au nord de Keith.
En gaélique, Aultmore signifie “Gros ruisseau”.
L’eau utilisée par Aultmore dans la distillerie 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.
The bottler : James MacArthur
James MacArthur was established in 1982 with the aim of selecting whiskies from Scottish Distilleries which were either not very well known or had ceased to operate and bottling them at cask strength, thus introducing whisky drinkers to distilleries they had never heard of.
This policy has been continued, with top quality single barrel bottlings from a wide selection of distilleries. Whiskies are currently bottled at ages ranging from 10 years to 30 years and at both cask strength and 45%vol. These are fine examples of the quality and variety available from each whisky producing region and the Company has won several awards over the years for its bottlings, both internationally and in the UK. Our bottlings are also well received by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible, the Spirit Journal in the U.S.A. and by Malt Maniacs in Europe.
James MacArthur’s Old Masters, Cask strength whiskies are bottled at natural strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered or having colour added. The 45% bottlings, although reduced in strength, are similarly non chill-filtered and have no added colour. The aim is to offer a product which is as natural as possible and which retains its original characteristics and flavours.
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.