Whisky Magazine Issue 126
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Neglected distilleries coming to the fore
I have noticed that the selection of whisky brands in some major airport stores is getting narrower just at the same time as the craft distilling boom propels the wider whisky business to ever greater depth and diversity. It's a sad fact that the economics of such a high cost shopping environment as travel retail makes it difficult if nigh impossible for smaller whisky distilleries to get their foot in the door and still make money.
Consequently, the interest in travel retail for the travelling whisky fan is often reduced to checking out the increasing number of exclusive releases being launched by the big players. Now this swelling tide of younger, invariably non age statement drams can be variable in quality so it's pleasing to see that some of the larger distillers are rummaging around in their portfolios to showcase some of their more neglected distilleries.
A case in point is Aultmore, undoubtedly one of Scotland's most overlooked distilleries. Opened back in 1896, this Speyside distillery was virtually unknown as a single malt, but was long valued by blenders for adding great depth and character to their creations. Owner John Dewar & Sons has now decided the time is right to polish up this little-known gem as one of its five ‘Last Great Malts.' Three beautifully packaged new expressions have been launched: Aultmore 12 Years Old, Aultmore 25 Years Old and the travel retail exclusive Aultmore 21 Years Old.
Expect the 46% ABV exclusive 21 Years Old to be widely ...