Wine cask whisky collection to take off at Heathrow

Whisky lovers flying through Heathrow this Easter are in for a rare treat with the launch of the new Aultmore Wine Cask Collection next week.

Starting on 18 April, a limited-run edition only available from World Duty Free Stores at Heathrow.

Georgie Bell, the Aultmore Global Brand Ambassador will be in World Duty Free stores in Terminals 3 and 5 on 18 April, for bottle signings and tastings sessions, running throughout the day.

The Aultmore Wine Cask Collection is part of the Exceptional Cask Series (launched May 2018) – a collection of superlative bottlings from the single malt distilleries of; Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla and Glen Deveron.

The series comprises a number of extraordinary bottlings specially chosen by malt master, Stephanie MacLeod.

Exclusively bottled for Heathrow passengers, MacLeod has hand-selected three 22-year-old Aultmore expressions, each a with a distinct wine cask finish. Each of the three whiskies in the collection was initially matured for 11 years in re-fill sherry and bourbon casks, followed by an additional 11-year maturation in one of three different ex-wine casks:

Aultmore 22 Years Old – Super Tuscan Finish

Maturing for an additional 11 years in a Super Tuscan red wine cask, from one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons, imparts incredible elegance and an intense smoothness to the ethereal quality of AULTMORE. Notes of buttery toffee, unctuous vanilla and concentrated floral aromas are offset with a delicate oakiness. Bottled at 52.1%, 108 bottles are available, priced at £360 (70cl).

Aultmore 22 Years Old – Château-Neuf-du-Pape Finish

The glorious, rich Château-Neuf-du-Pape red wine casks enhance the delicate side of AULTMORE to create luxurious deep red fruity notes, veiling the whisky with floral hues and touches of spice. Complex fruits – figs, plump juicy grapes and the scent of honeysuckle all redolent of the south of France. Bottled at 52.1%, 144 bottles are available, priced at £340 (70cl).

Aultmore 22 Years Old – Moscatel Finish

After eleven years in Moscatel casks, the sweet wine has imparted decadence and honeyed sweetness to the delicate AULTMORE whisky. Layered with florals, vibrant with ripe fruits, potent spices and a long luxurious finish. Bottled at 52.1%, 222 bottles are available, priced at £320 (70cl).

The first 50 shoppers purchasing all three expressions together can choose to have them housed in an elegant wine presentation box, featuring printed tasting notes.

Founded in 1897 by Alexander Edward, Aultmore distillery inhabits a strange, secluded place by the winding Buckie Road. Its whisky was ranked ‘top-class’ by industry insiders many moons ago, yet it’s long been something of a secret, one kept and enjoyed by canny locals.

Aultmore draws its water from the misty, mysterious area known as the Foggie Moss, where it is naturally filtered through gorse and heather. This, along with peat-free malt, ensures the eventual whisky’s light, clean character and makes for a dram of green grassy notes and supreme smoothness.

The portfolio comprises three Aultmore single malts: the 12 Years Old, 18 Years Old and 21 Years Old.