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.
Nose: Rich layered sherry. Cherry cola and cola cubes are joined by raisins, sultanas and dates. Intense dark chocolate and cocoa powder have further sweetness added from Terry’s Chocolate Orange whilst suede leather and ham meatiness provide some deep savoury aromas. Running throughout, ripe red berries and dusty cinnamon spicing. Water brings out hazelnut nuttiness whilst adding ginger into the spice mix.
Taste: Rich and fulsome with great texture. The spicing is immediate and intense – cinnamon sticks and stem ginger – both pronounced and piquant. Their influence is softened by flamed orange peels, chocolate and toffee sauce and berry-packed cake – rather Black Forest gateaux. The mid-palate reveals yet more spice influence with cloves and allspice, whilst hedgerow berries add both sweetness and tartness. Reduction softens things up emphasising leather sofas and gentle pepperiness.
Finish: Medium to long with fading berries and still perky cinnamon and pepper.
Quite the ride. An intensely sherried Aultmore that doesn’t mess around with ensuring a lavish offering of richly fruity aromas and flavours alongside plenty of piquant spicing. For the sherryheads who like things opulent but still potent. Joint pick of the month.Score: 87/100