Aultmore 2010 Tawny Port “Firkin Rare”, 48.9% ABV

firkin rare aultmore 2010

We paired an Aultmore 2010 with a tawny port in one of our fabulous Firkin custom casks. The result is a unique and satisfying whisky. Most of the Aultmore gets blended into Dewers blended whisky. It’s a rarity to see Aultmore as a single malt, which is a shame. The blenders have been keeping it to themselves and most people will never know how great it is. That’s why we made this Firkin Rare whisky.

Firkin Whisky company

This bottling was tasted with the Firkin whiskey Company and Ed Leigh on 23/05/2021.


Appearance

This one is mid gold in colour, it initially beads up on the swirl line and coats the glass, then slowly drops medium thick legs.

Nose

Menthol and red berries come through straight away before glass has even made it to my nose. The sweet strawberries, raspberries and red cherries are wonderfully vibrant and fresh, green grocer style. A dustiness also comes through at first.

More time brings sandalwood, tree sap, and wood varnish, i’m inside a carpenters workshop, with all the wood and sawdust aromas. The fruits keep pushing through too, they won’t be restrained, and it makes for a lovely combo.

Palate

Lots of fruits comes at you like the nose, its so juicy. Red apples, black grapes, dandelion and burdock, and I love that note. More strawberries, strawberry laces sweets and cherryade sweetness too.

As it develops we’re into darker heavier flavours. Chilli’s, dark chocolate, and cask char nice and spicy, with black liquorice to finish it off.

Finish

It’s long and warming and much like the end of the palate. The darker notes are all here, and slowly its becoming nuttier. Hazelnuts and dark chocolate, Nutella for sure. Black liquorice, char, chilli’s and oak add a bitter tinge, and there’s a touch of salt right at the end, on the tip of the tongue, It’s another super drop.

My thoughts

What can i say, ok, tawny port cask whisky, i’ve come to love them. Mixed with this single cask Aultmore whisky it’s created a super bottling. I rated this 2nd of the 4 we tasted during this tasting, though they were all fantastic drams in all honesty. It has a little more depth in my humble opinion, and the red berry fruits and red apples are borderline confectionery for me.

Would i buy a bottle?

Yes without a doubt, and i know there aren’t many of these left, under 10 i believe at the time of tasting. Another great botting by the Firkin Whisky company in my opinion.

Notes – This whisky is presented in its natural colour and is non chill filtered.

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