Aultmore distillery is located in Keith, Banffshire. Its name comes from the Gaelic 'An t-Allt Mòr'  which translates as 'Big Burn' a reference to the distillery's water source: Auchinderran. The distillery was founded in 1895 by Benrinnes owner Alexander Edward and has had several periods of closure during it's 100+ years of operation. It was one of the very first distilleries to use draff (post-production spent grain) as animal feed. The first official single malt bottling was not produced until 2004, when a 12 year old was released as a followup to both  Flora & Fauna and Rare Malt releases.

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 20 October 2017

I attended a very interesting Whisky Squad last night where the theme for the evening was competition scoring. Divided into ‘pods’ of four, we were asked to score some recent medal winning drams and then compare and contrast with colleagues within our pod to award an overall medal (or not) to six different whiskies. Scoring in a collaborative and collegial manner is quite intriguing and provides yet further proof that spirits appreciation really all is a matter of opinion.

Posted 19 June 2017

In 2014, John Dewar & Sons launched 'The Last Great Malts' Collection to highlight new expressions from distilleries within their portfolio. Over the past 3 years, bottlings from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Bracka have been launched into markets across the world, as well as limited editions into travel retail. 

Independent Bottlings


Posted 05 February 2021

The final stop on our Firkin Whisky exploration takes us to Aultmore and ‘Firkin Rare’. Here’s the custom US/French oak casks have had a saturation of tawny port wine.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Posted 01 September 2022

Aultmore and sherry are tried and tested combination. Here’s we’ve got a version which is a little more stripped back – but no less appealing because of that. 10 years in a 1st fill barrel before being bottled at 57.8% ABV.

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Posted 01 February 2018

14 year old Aultmore drawn from a refill-ex-bourbon barrel that was filled in September 2002. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow profile.

Posted 04 October 2018

Over to Speyside for a 16 year old Aultmore that’s been aged in a refill ex-oloroso butt. Full term or finish – I’m not certain, but I’d guess at the latter. Sweet & Spicy profile.

Posted 31 January 2019

Over to Speyside for a 16 year old Aultmore that’s been finished in1st fill PX for around a year following an initial maturation in ex-bourbon. Surely, CTRL+ALT+PX would be a more typical play on the three-finger salute? Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile.

Posted 01 August 2019

16 year old Aultmore drawn form a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel.

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Posted 05 September 2019

Sherry tastic. 15 years in an ex-oloroso butt and then yet more sherry on top from a two year finish in a 1st fill PX butt.

Posted 04 April 2019

Sherried Aultmore is often a lovely thing indeed. This month’s example has spent 15 years in ex-bourbon before a decent finish in 1st fill oloroso. View on SMWS



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