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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

Toffee by the Sea

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@RianCReview by @RianC

27th Jun 2018

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This is certainly not my first Old Pulteney 12, in fact, thinking about it I could have bought more bottles of this than any other malt . . . hmm? Maybe. Now the second most northerly distillery on the bonnie Scottish mainland - Wolfburn now has that particular title - Old Pulteney is generally known for a 'Maritime' profile.

This review has a literal 'wee drop' of water and is from a recent batch straight off the supermarket shelves for Father's day! It's sat about twenty minutes before getting stuck in . . .

Nose: Very slightly spirity, honey, salt with a coastal air, as opposed to seaweed/rock pool, tang. Quite fruity with pineapple, green apple and a touch of ginger. I believe this is unpeated and from 100% bourbon casks but I do get a red fruit or berry note as well. Vanilla, toffee (hint of Werther's) and some soft oak. Malty biscuits.

Taste: Quite sweet arrival and the pineapple tickles the tongue, then the toffee begins to emerge and then the ginger. Some of that digestive biscuit's there as well. I've almost inadvertently swallowed a thirsty fly on that last sip but it stuck on my lip . . . lovely . . . pressing on . . .

Finish: Medium-ish. Brine and fairly tanninic oak but it's not overly bitter - just this side of the line for me.

You can only judge a malt on what's in front of you, and how you're tasting/nosing at the time; but I will say that whilst this isn't quite as stellar as my last bottle was it's still very enjoyable. It's easy drinking but also has enough complexity and balance to keep an enthusiast interested and engaged. It is also widely available and usually retails at around £25 in the UK, so excellent value for money at this end; shame about the presentation but, to be fair to OP 12, it doesn't seem to diminish the quality all that much. I would love to try this in a craft presentation though . . .

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7 comments

RikS commented

I like mine too, on occasion. But I have the impression that one shouldn't leave it for too long in the glass or there's a yeasty element that creeps in after a while that I didn't like - did you perceive any of that in yours?

about one year ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie commented

Another entertaining review - and we're all pleased you didn't swallow the fly - do you know the song about that? (There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...). I agree on the presentation, but as you say, it doesn't take away from the contents.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@RikS - I think I know what you mean although I might describe that more as the malty biscuit thing (horses for courses!) I also tend to find that whiskys presented the way OP 12 is tend to 'flatten out' quicker than craft ones.

about one year ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie - ha ha thanks! Yes, but as you can see I didn't die, thankfully . . . there's a bloody World Cup on and England are still in it for once heart_eyes !

One of OP 12's appeals, price apart, is that it does seem to hold up to a 'traditional' presentation better than lots of other whiskys - that must be due to intrinsic quality (as Ralfy would say). It certainly feels quite 'thick' for 40% and last year a bottle I had held its head up alongside a Springbank 10, much to my surprise; that bottle I'd have scored around 88 - best I've had.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@RikS - Had a large pour of this last night and was getting more of a vegetal note and something that I could describe as yeasty/bready. I was using my Taylor D glass (like an over-sized Glencairn) so maybe the extra nose room made a difference?

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

@RianC vindication! smiley FYI I tried the new series of OP at the "epic day" but also forgot to mention that one. Really enjoyed the 15, try that one if you get a chance. I think you might really like it.

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@RikS _ I've managed to stash a couple of 17s so it would be a while before I buy another OP at that age/price. Good to hear these new OP OB bottlings are cutting the mustard though!

9 months ago 0

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