Aultmore 18yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Staff Pick

Aultmore 18yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Item # 33858 750mL
$149.99/ Single Bottle
$899.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

Dubbed by the brand as the "Rarest of Speyside," and in many ways it is. Not only have any malt bottlings, whether direct from the distillery or from independent merchants, been virtually non-existent for this distilleries 100-plus-year history, but, in recent years, many Speyside producers have moved further and further away from the classic Speyside style that Aultmore retains proudly in spades. One of the most impressive whiskies of the year, this whisky transforms with some time to air out in the glass and generously rewards the patient imbiber. Notes include pecan pie, marmalade, fresh-peeled orange, Granny Smith apple, coconut cake, vanilla custard, toasted malt, heather, and banana cream.

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Staff Pick Notes

These days I seem to hear more about “wood influence,” “sherry bombs,” and “single barrels.” What about the whiskies that aren’t seasoned/aged beyond recognition? What about the ones that are a reflection of the distillate as well as the cask? The Aultmore whiskies put flavors of malt before the cask, and I greatly admire them for it. Their 18yr whisky is their best example of this approach. Between the aroma and the palate you can expect notes of clementines, smoky vanilla ice cream, sliced green apples, rich malt, orange peel, and shaved chocolate. All of this comes together seamlessly to make something subdued but incredibly satisfying. This isn’t a boisterous whisky yet few other bottles on our shelves are better.

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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