Aha, it’s an indy Aultmore! And what a label, too – how often do you see a shark fighting a raptor on a container ship while an oil rig burns in the background??
Nose: Malty beer, chocolate oranges, green apples, and vanilla sponge cake.
Palate: Rich fruitcake, plums, a heap of cinnamon, cloves and dark chocolate. It’s very viscous and sweet on the tongue – like a spicy syrup.
Finish: Warming and long with ginger spice and soft oak.
It’s a tad young, but it’s wonderfully drinkable. Rich, warming and with a very pleasant and long finish.
You can still pick these (from various batches) on auction sites. Historically, Aultmore tends to end up in Diageo blends, though there are now official bottlings available too. They tend to have them available to taste in duty free, so do keep an eye out!