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I tasted this entry level Old Pulteney almost two years ago, but since I will be trying a whole range of the whisky from Wick this week, I felt it smart to return to this 12 year Old first.
The nose is pretty grainy (malt) with caramel and some sea salt. Light hints of beeswax and a touch bitter as if from walnuts. Leave it to breath for a while, it does wonders for the nose. A bit of oak and some ginger. Soft.
The attack is somewhat thin, again grainy, but also mildly bitter. Pomegranate and grapefruit, but not in a grand way. The fruitiness is somewhat overpowered by liquorice and caramel.
The rather short finish develops on some salt and pepper.
This is a nice visitor card for an entry level malt, but the high score I gave it two years ago was a beginner’s mistake. Around 30 EUR.