Blind buying is always a risk and often you’re reduced to merely relying upon the reputation of a distillery or independent bottler as vital signposts. This Aultmore-Glenlivet is my 3rd blind purchase in the last few weeks. I recently wrote about the Japanese tasting at the Scotch Malt Society on Queen Street; that was driven by the fact if I hesitated the bottles would have gone.
Colour: a sandy bank
Nose: a very clean and fresh presence; young un-ripened fruit that is still very green, I’m thinking kiwi, banana, apple and rocket leaves of all things. Good old fashioned homemade lemonade with a real zing and crushed mint.
Taste: that rawness continues onto the palate with a green salad, gooseberries and peppery rocket. Red liquorice and sour cream flutter around the edges of a grilled pineapple covered in a honey glaze.
Well, I must say initially I wasn’t taken by this Aultmore-Glenlivet it initially felt a little too green and overly eager if you follow my meaning. Then over a period of a couple of weeks I returned to the bottle now and again to find that the spirit had settled down, eased up and relaxed considerably. Now I’m very taken with it and still have a journey of discovery with the bottle remnants. It certainly does benefit from a little water to take off what green-edge remains.