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Opened this baby up on NYE. Have had a chance to play with it a bit, so I thought I would post my notes. First off, let's talk price. Old Pulteney is expensive in my neck of the USA. The 17, a fine dram, goes for 95.00 when I can find it. I have only seen the 21 available at one store in Louisville KY and it was priced at 125.00. Both are crazy expensive. Good, but crazy expensive.
Nose. Honeycomb, honey suckle. Slight sherry. Fresh, bright, "new." Reminds me very much of a recent Duncan Taylor release of an 18YO McCallan. Stewed/rotten fruits playing around the edges. Pear and green apple up front.
Taste. Sweet honey. Quick burn. Salt. Sweet trickling, lasting burn down the throat. Butterscotch hard candy.
Finish. The burn lingers. Honeycomb and butterscotch Life Savers. Butter Rum Life Savers. No bitterness, but not cloying either.
I do not get a hint of oak, vanilla, spice, wood, or anything of that nature. This is all about fresh sweet honey, salted honey peanuts maybe. It is mouth watering stuff and dangerously drinkable. For only 30 or so dollars above the 17YO, I'd buy it if I saw it. However, if the 17YO was available and this was not, I would not knock myself out trying to track it down. I guess what I am trying to say is better than the 17, but not worlds apart from it.