Aultmore: Foundation: 1896 Pronunciation: “Olt-moor” Meaning: large stream Status: in operation
The Aultmore distillery is just north of Keith. To get to the distillery in the hills you have to follow a narrow road. Alexander Edwards began building the Aultmore distillery in 1896. Production started in July 1897. Over the decades the distillery changed hands several times, only in 1971 under the leadership of SMD, Aultmore was renovated and extended. This was done so radically that since then nothing reminds of the old distillery. So far there have been very few bottlings, in 1991 in the Fauna & Flora series and in 1996 in the Rare Malts of the former owners UDV/Diageo. Since the distillery changed hands again and went over to Bacardi, the 2 above mentioned bottlings have already sold out and become real rarities.
The whisky is also available from independent bottlers and under other names, e.g. the Ancestral from Inverarity with 14 years barrel ageing, a rarity matured in sherry barrels.
The whisky is mild in style, sherry-toned and slightly sweet.