Whisky of Aultmore was formerly not known under his real name. Only in a few bars he was available, and even only if you asked for 'a nip of the Buckie Road'. Now there are several original bottlings like this 18 year old.
Like its younger brother, this 17-year-old Balvenie was matured in two different kinds of casks. First it was matured in American oak barrels and then in European ex-sherry casks. David Steward has created a truly complex and aromatic whisky.
For the maturation of this whisky, Glenfiddich adopted the "Solera" procedure from Spanish sherry production. Whiskies matured in different casks (Oloroso sherry, bourbon, virgin oak) are married in a unique Solera vat made from oregon pine.
18 long years of maturation and the addition of ex-sherry casks make this Glenlivet much more complex than the popular 12-year-old standard bottling. Despite its quality it's still much more affordable than a lot of other 18-year-old single malts.
The classic Lagavulin is kilned with a high smoke content in the malt. The stills are pear-shaped, so that all flavors can be passed on to the condensers during distillation. The single malt then matures in bourbon and sherry casks to completion.
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