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Old Pulteney 21 Year Old

Top notch malt

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

19th Jun 2019

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I finally decided to open my bottle of Old Pulteney 21-year old that I had been stacking away since 2017. It was matured in fino sherry (one third) and refill bourbon casks (two thirds) and was discontinued in 2017.

The nose is sweet and fruity. There are flavours of sherry, nutmeg and orange peel, followed by a hint of lemons. Later on, lovely apricot flavours appear, together with some waxy notes.

The palate is full-bodied and brings more lemon and orange peel flavours. Then there are malty and salty notes, followed by honey and a whiff of brine.

The finish is of medium length, with a touch of mint and a good dose of wood spice.

This is a top notch malt, no question about that. Excellent stuff from Wick!

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5 comments

Wierdo commented

I miss this malt.

One of my memories that drives FORO is seeing it in Tesco's on offer at just under £100 just before Christmas a few years back and thinking it was a lot of money to drop just before Christmas and deciding I'd buy a bottle in the new year.

I didn't realise they'd discontinued it.

sob

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Pierre_W, a nice review for a nice whisky. Thank you for putting this back on my radar.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Pierre_W - Nice review of a malt I'd love to but will probably never get the chance to try now . . . alas!

@Wierdo - Ouch! I feel your pain . . . How long ago was that? Less than 5 years, maybe? Crazy!

As an aside - is it me or are supermarkets stocking lots more 'rubbish' these days? You used to see some good malts on the shelves but I hardly even bother looking anymore.

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@RianC

As an aside - is it me or are supermarkets stocking lots more 'rubbish' these days? You used to see some good malts on the shelves but I hardly even bother looking anymore.

I don’t know about supermarkets, but most of the shelves at the LCBO are full of “rubbish”. It’s sad, but the market is probably split 90/10 when it comes to crap/quality. The “rubbish” keeps the lights on, so to speak, while the “good stuff” is purchased by the minority who aren’t just looking to get pissed on a Saturday night.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - I guess it's slightly different in the UK as we don't have the alcohol mafia (just the 'hidden' tax!) so you can find malt whisky pretty much anywhere they sell alcohol.

Reading between the lines (of your post and what I see over here) I'd guess your LCBO shelved are filled with the same fodder as here. Still, I can't complain as the 10% that you speak of will be easily found online in the UK; and on that front we're spoiled for choice. Waitrose (a more upmarket supermarket) apart, it does seem as if the bulk of what's out there is NAS and 40% stuff - You may find an Ardbeg 10 if you're lucky . . .

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