When researching the history of many of Scotland’s distilleries it is clear that many have a common history. Aultmore distillery opened in the late 1800’s Victorian boom era. It ran into financial trouble in the 20th century due to two world wars. The great depression, US prohibition, high taxation, and post-war rationing also didn’t help.
When you look at it like that it’s amazing any distillery survived. Aultmore distillery though was always very highly sought after by the blenders so its future was always secure. It was considered a very valuable asset. So much so, that this really restricted any single malt whisky from this distillery being bottled.
The distillery itself is situated just outside of Keith in Speyside and is owned by Dewars. The production now sits at 3m litres per year. The whisky character is considered to be quite fragrant and fruity on the palate and quite full-bodied overall. It wasn’t until 2004 that a core range 12yr old was released and more recently an 18yr. The packaging was also revamped recently and looks fantastic…
Besides that, there haven’t been many official distillery releases besides a few Travel Retail specials. However, the Independent Bottlers have certainly released a huge amount over the years. This is proof that whisky enthusiasts have driven demand.