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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

Beginning of a beautiful friendship

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@RobINReview by @RobIN

21st Sep 2012


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I've just bought my first Old Pulteney, and it was a nice 12yo version. I made up my mind, and chose it, as I am preparing for the coming WhiskyDay in Hungary. There will be the 17-year-old Pulteney, and therefore I felt, I need some discovery as a reference point.

Well, the reference point is set quite high. This whisky is delicious. The first impression at the opening was like: "Woohhoooo"; the waves of smells just blown off my head (of coure in a good way)!

Nose: mainly smells like a good, aged white wine with hints of honey and a little bit of oriental spices.

Taste: like the water in the Hebrides, a strong wave of malt taste, with a very light peaty side. Also kind of oily (it is also visible on the side of the glass).

Palate: a wine-like effect is noticeable with a distant salinity. Feeling here it oily too.

Finish: long-lasting white wine flavours, with honey and spices in an oily coat.

So, without writing more, than necessary: this dram is highly recommended. It smells great, it tastes great, it is worth buying it.

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systemdown commented

Currently one of my all-time favourites. I will probably always endeavour to have a bottle of this on hand! It's fantastic for an "entry level" malt. I agree that it has great mouth-feel and balance of flavours, the sherry imparted complexity adds so much depth to this.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@RobIN, there is a bit of an Old Pulteney fan club here on Connosr, pre-dating Mr Murray's Old Pulteney 21 yo. 2012 World Whisky choice. I am one of its members. Glad to have you aboard!

8 years ago 0

systemdown commented

I must say I jumped on board post-Murray, but hey, it's all about the quality for me and not due to the hype, I'm just glad my eyes were opened to this distillery and I'm looking forward to trying as many different Pulteneys as I can find. Let's all hope the quality stays high going forward!

8 years ago 0

RobIN commented

the expression "Highland Malt" has a double meaning :D

8 years ago 0

FMichael commented

Was at the grocery store yesterday where this lovely malt runs $35...To my surprise they were out (someone within a 15 mile radius drinks this too??!!)...Hopefully they'll re-stock soon.

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