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So, I seem to be having the good fortune of bartenders making mistakes that go in my favor lately, and this was another. I ordered the Old Pulteney 12, and he accidentally poured me the 17. Sweet.
Nose: A lovely first impression; a sweet "hello." A bit of peppery burn, which I'm fond of. Licorice, honey, florals, open up to caramel. There is some fantastic depth here. A solid start.
Palate: Honey, clove and vanilla play a strong role in this palate at the start, which then give way to maple, which is very interesting in a fantastic way. Citrus notes are hidden there too, with apple and a bit of orange zest, with just a pinch of sea salt at the end. I'm very impressed.
Finish: More pepper, more maple, followed by some cinnamon. You also pick out more of the honey and sea salt that started on the palate. Not the longest finish, but a very good one.
This is a keeper. There is a place on every shelf for this bottle.