Aultmore 12 year old, 55%

Price: $53 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Aultmore is normally light and estery, and this pale dram is true to this. After a whiff of fresh turmeric, there's an almost oily green note with William pear before acetone, and something akin to school Bunsen burners (a good smell) emerges. The palate is more coherent than the nose; sweet, rounded, and more substantial that you expect, with tinned pears in custard. Lively and charming; shows none of the firmness of youth suggested by the nose.