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The Old Pulteney 17 Year Old is quite a step up from their entry level version, the 12 Year Old. It will also cost you more than double.
On the nose, it is a lot sweeter with loads of fruit: Pink Ladies (the apples, I mean), pear, peach, dried apricots and even some green banana. The coastal character is there, but has to share the stage with the fruit. A bit salty and quite mineraly. Flints. Some heather, even. Then quite some vanilla and a whiff of smoke. This is very nice.
It is nice and round on the palate, with everything sweet in the front. Somewhat zesty, too. Quickly becomes very spicy: pepper, ginger, cinnamon and some cloves. Nice smoke. Heart warming.
In the zesty finish, besides the smoke, the oak also shows itself again.
The nose was absolutely fabulous, the palate more than oaky and nicely balanced. Around 75 EUR.