Distilled by Aultmore and aged for 17 years, this release featured double maturation with initial aging in ex-bourbon and finishing in Oloroso sherry and being bottled at cask strength. Let's dive in.
Sweet and creamy on the nose, a good deal of lemon curd, almond, butter cream, sweet vanilla, a hint of toffee and a minerality and some pear. Interesting - the sherry doesn't roll through in a red fruits kind of way but it's evident in the creaminess and sweet cream notes.
Rich on the palate. The sherry is wonderfully integrated with the malt on this one. Lemon curd, sweet and creamy once again. Light touch of ash and minerality, a touch of brine. Caramel, honey, almond like orgeat notes. Light pear and a long, buttercream note that hands on the back palate.
Long finish, grows drier and ashier over time. Sweet caramel, honey, a bit of melon and more minerality.
An interesting surprise, this sherry finished whiskey drinks as if there were no sherry, but the shadow is there and it makes for a great pour. Aultmore has an uncanny ability to drink like an enigma at times - never too wine forward, never a malt bomb, with carefully controlled minerality and ash. Here, it manifests itself as a creamy, fruit forward mineral dram and it works wonders. It's a rare sentiment to share but I'm thankful this isn't a wine forward dram. Lovely.