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Old Pulteney 21 year old was Jim Murray's selection of Whisky of the Year 2012. Mr Murray gave it 97,5 points which is the highest score he's given so far. We were fortunate to get a bottle of this for our whisky tasting in Finland before the price started to rise higher and higher.
Though this is not necessarily my kind of whisky and that's why not in my top 5, I can surely relate to Jim Murray's compliments of it. In fact it is hard to imagine anyone not like this whisky. It's a smooth and consistent ride from the start until the very end. And what's the best part of Old Pulteney 21, is that it gets better at every step.
That's why I have to relate it with The Shawshank Redemption, probably the most liked movie of alltime. At least the most popular of IMDB.com. Just like Old Pulteney 21, The Shawshank Redemption keeps getting better all the way till the end. It grabs you from the first minute and keeps you glued on to it.
I know that the story or the characters of the movie doesn't necessarily match with this whisky but what the heck, they're both good, even though you wouldn't like their genre.
Nose: Fruity with green apples and pears. Very very smooth with hints of spices, pure luxury for your senses.
Taste: Peaty and peppery but most of all sweet malt. After adding water, caramel starts to force it's way to the foreground.
Finish: Very lasting and very good. A bit on the dry side with a delicately spicy tones. Vanilla and fruity notes as well.
Balance: The balance of this whisky is charismatic, it keeps getting better in every step it takes. The finish is what I would call the main event of a entertaining show.