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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

Looking to expand your Scotch experience with very high quality, lesser known Scotch? The Aultmore 18 is my spirits discovery of this season. Meyer lemon, fresh cream, savory spices, orange peel are some of the wonderful aromas revealed in this unheralded brand. Point of reference: Aultmore whiskies are a key component in the higher end Dewar's bottlings. However, this single malt stands out on its own for complexity, freshness, and warm, inviting tones. It evolved in my glass over the course of an hour and will continue to do so in bottle upon opening. Seriously good Scotch at this price.

- EG

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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