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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

barley-rich little gem

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@AndyCReview by @AndyC

25th Feb 2014


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One of the best 10/12 year old highland whiskies in my opinion. Really distinctive flavour profile with lots of barley and salt. Potent, but lovely nose and very moorish. Cracking stuff for the price as well. Really looking forward to trying the 17 year old.

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Victor commented

I have to agree with everything which you have said, so very succinctly. Barley and brine. Tasty.

Did you get your taste of Old Pulteney 17 yo? (You won't be sorry!)

6 years ago 0

AndyC commented

Thanks @Victor. Unfortunately, I haven't tried the 17 yet, although it is one of the few at the top of my wish list! I really must get around to trying a range of Pulteneys as, for me, it stands out as one of the whiskies with the most simple and straightforward, yet characterful tastes. I think that the same can be said for whiskies like laphroaig, Talisker and Bowmore as well, and that sort of straightforward individual character is what I find most appealing in discovering new whiskies. I find it quite unusual to find that standout character in whiskies that aren't heavily peated, which is why I particularly love the OP i think.

6 years ago 0

Victor commented

@AndyC, back in the days when I did a lot of 25-whisky tastings with relative noobies, I always used to use Old Pulteney 12 yo as my first whisky of the day, and as my exemplar of "THIS is what barley tastes like." Malt and brine, I would tell them, were what they would taste with Old Pulteney 12 yo. And almost every one of them liked Old Pulteney 12 yo quite a lot.

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