SMWS 73.95 Captivating, demulcent sweetness

Posted 01 February 2018 / In Aultmore
The Dramble's tasting notes for SMWS 73.95 Captivating, demulcent sweetness

Bottle Name: 73.95 Captivating, demulcent sweetness

ABV: 54.2%
Distillery: Aultmore
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Speyside

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

Nose: Exceptionally pronounced fruitiness – sweet and syrupy. Poached pears, mangos and Seville oranges. Quite lovely. Added to this is a degree of creaminess – custard and yoghurt. There’s a backdrop of florals here – lilies in particular that complement the overt fruitiness and blend nicely with gentle vanilla and dried wood planking. Water adds some bakery aromas into the mix – buttery pastries – as well as a touch of cinnamon spicing.

Taste: Mouth coating with good viscosity, but surprisingly gentle on arrival. Fudge, vanilla cream and light dried oak are amplified with some subtle spicing – cinnamon again, but also a touch a white pepper. The addition of water doesn’t change the overall composition of the whisky, indeed, it just reduced the mouthfeel. Stick to it at its original strength.

Finish: Medium in length and with some spice in the tail in the form of green bell peppers.

A solid Aultmore that possesses a rather lovely nose. The palate is not quite as successful in that it doesn’t deliver a menagerie of well-defined fruitiness, but it is still well judged non-the-less. Whilst water added additional aromas into the nose, it didn’t provide perceptible benefit to the palate. Gentle, relaxed and a game of two halves.

Score: 84/100

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