Tucked away in the Foggie Moss Burn along the Burn of Auchinderran not far from North Bogbain, the Aultmore Distillery anchors an area of Speyside clearly blessed in terms of evocative place names as well as whisky. The company was founded in 1896 by Alexander Edwards, an energetic whisky industry entrepreneur who was the owner of Benrinnes Distillery and a founding member of the Craigellachie Distillery. After launching Aultmore, he’d go on to start Dallas Dhu and Benromach, then purchase a major share of Oban.
The late 1800s were a major whisky boom, and Aultmore had a handful of great years before it fell as one of the dominoes in the Pattison Crash. After a few years of mothballed down time, Aultmore bounced back, and following another hiatus during World War I it resumed its business of making fresh, floral, fruity single malt on a steadier basis.
One of the reasons Aultmore is so rare in the United States is that it makes up a major blending component of Dewar’s. However, an official 12-year-old release is available in some markets, as well as a 25-year-old. This particular expression, a 21-year-old, was initially introduced to travel retail but now also appears to be available at a few regular retail outlets in North America.