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Old Pulteney 17 Year Old

No Place Like Old Pulteney

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@OJKReview by @OJK

9th Dec 2010


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance are graded out of 2.5 each:

Nose: A very rich nose, with luscious wet soil and fragrant tulips sprouting out of it. Alongside this flowerbed we have a healthy orchard, with various fruits in abundance. Watermelon, banana, tangerine, and coconut all flourish, while buckets of farm fresh milk and creme fraiche are carried through the grounds. Candied seaweed, rhubarb and raisin round off this most organic of noses. Much like the 12 year old version, there are few whiskies on the nose alone that can seemingly transport you to such a distinct landscape as that of the Old Pulteney. 2.5

Taste: A full and warm character, as a soft oil coats the palate with sweetly cooked limes sitting in a bed of fine molten sugar. Fresh coconut swimming in maple syrup completes the festival of sugars and barley. 2.0

Finish: A loud and expansive wave of oak and spice, that remains long and lilting as it drifts rhythmically backwards and forwards. Underneath there is a sweet vegetal dimension to the expanse, as honeyed broccoli mixes with salt-n-pepper seasoned potato-skins. The coconut remains constant and ever-present, and there is a return of the tulips encountered earlier on the nose. A deep and rewarding finish. 2.0

Balance: Old Pulteney truly is distillery of authentic character, irrespective of one's subjective liking or disliking of the product. There isn't perhaps as vast a variety in its taste spectrum as with certain other coastal whiskies, however the flavours that are there are so specific and fluently delivered, and with dimensions that are so pronounced, that it remains one of the most distinctly complex whisky experiences that I know. 2.5

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