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Old Pulteney 17 Year Old

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@VictorReview by @Victor

26th Dec 2013


Old Pulteney 17 Year Old
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I have been a fan of Old Pulteney products since my very first sip of Old Pulteney 12 YO a few years ago. The reviewed bottle has been open for 9 months, is 70% full, and has been preserved with inert gas for 6 months of that time

Nose: fragrant bouquet of wine, salt, malt, and flowers, with the wine and the malt being prominent and in near-equal influence. The floral influence is of roses and carnations. The whisky is sweet, but not too much, and with a good dry-astringent balance. Lovely

Taste: the flavours from the nose translate beautifully to the palate, with the salt/brine influence being slightly stronger on the palate than it is in the nose. The barley is always prominent in the Old Pulteney products, and theirs is a very crisp and enjoyable barley. Beautiful malt whisky

Finish: very clean medium-long finish, with sweet mellow rosy malt continuing to keep company with a noticeable touch of salt and grape-wine

Balance: this is an exceptionally well-balanced malt whisky. Everything in this bottle is in perfect proportion, with each element being delicious in its own right. There is an elegance in Old Pulteney 17 YO which elevates the spirit and gives me a feeling of joyous and light good times

The reviewed bottle was a 60th birthday present from a friend I've known for over 30 years. He did well in choosing it, and knew what I'd like. He scored big points with me by giving me this bottle. Old Pulteney is one of my favourite distilleries. Old Pulteney 17 is not an inexpensive whisky, but it is of very high quality. I highly recommend Old Pulteney 17 YO, and the Old Pulteney 12 YO and 21 YO as well

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Pandemonium commented

I made the mistake of trying the 17yo first and the 12yo afterwards, the 17yo is so much more complex and refined. Great dram indeed

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BlueNote commented

Great review @Victor. I think I prefer the 17 to the 21.

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GotOak91 commented

Your reviews make me want to find the OP lineup.

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gibbsjim commented

I have to agree with Victor on the 17 year old. It is just a fine well balanced single malt and for the price it is one of the better ones on the market. It is far better than many higher priced malts. I liked the sweetness and the body of it. Bottling it at 46% alcohol is a definite plus. Other Highlanders such as Dalmore bottle many of theirs at 40% and wish they would up theirs a wee bit. It is certainly one of the top Highlanders in my opinion. Great Malt!

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