Aultmore 12 Foggy Moss (OB)

Foggy Moss

Single malts are increasingly filling the void left by the slumping sales of blended scotch in the market. So Bacardi decided that each of her distilleries was in need of a range of their own, with a new unique and easily distinguishable bottle.
This marketing campaign was known as “the last great malts” it gave Aberfeldy a new look and line-up whilst introducing the world to Royal Brackla, Aultmore, The Deveron (Macduff) and Craigellachie.
Many whisky lovers were particularly quite enthusiastic that Aultmore, considered to be one of the Speyside true hidden gems, was finally going to get the recognition it deserved. The final line-up, as proposed by Bacardi, is called ‘Foggie Moss’ with a 12, 21 and 25yo edition.

NaamloosDescription: matured for 12years in bourbon casks, bottled for the official range for the Aultmore distillery, a sleek design.

Nose: in a way it is light, grassy and waxy. A bouquet of paraffin, wet lime stone, vanilla, green apples, with a drop of honey and a vague hint of peaches.

Mouth: medium bodied with a fresh mouth feel. On the palate there is citrus and white pepper spice, yet it also has a malty touch of rough dough, green apples and strange taste that reminds me of peanuts (that has to be a first!).

Finish: medium long and mouth drying. Mainly oak, white pepper and a thin strain of lemon flavour.

The Verdict: in all honesty, I was quite underwhelmed the first time I tried this Aultmore. It has a softer profile, nothing really noteworthy. Until you suddenly start to realise it is not the vanilla/caramel flavoured youngish garbage that they are nowadays forcing down our throats. I don’t even think that this whisky was designed to please the general public: it is a fragile mineral whisky. While not really my style, I can certainly appreciate that they offer us something new and original.

Score: 82

Nose: 20

Taste: 19
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house