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Old Pulteney 21 Year Old

The Shawshank Redemption in bottle

0 790

@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

12th Mar 2013

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    90

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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.

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7 comments

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

I know that Citizen Kane usually is in the top of quizzes about the most popular movies of alltime but I think it's because it has to be. It's more like a statement from the people from the industry or who have studied film at some level. I'd say Shawshank Redemption is more of an film for everyone's taste.

6 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Interesting film analogy, and a great review. Just added it to the wishlist. Cheers!

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

This one's one of my favorites. Great review. I can't praise this whisky enough. And that has nothing to do with Murray. It's simply an excellent dram every single time, especially with some air.

6 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

Thanks guys! I'm actually wondering, why I gave the finish "only" 23, should have been 25, one of the best finishes out there...

Well, I can't change it 'cause it's been a while since I tasted it, have to somehow taste it again. We bought this to our whisky society's tasting last fall and it was sold with 69€ in the cruising boat that travels from Sweden to Finland. What a bargain! Won't be getting it for that price anymore...

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

How are you trying so many different scotches so quickly? Mailed samples? Bars? I'm jealous ; )

6 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

At the start of this year I've had many samples but mainly I've kept tasting notes from the ones I've tasted like over a year ago. So it's a mix of samples and old notes. But I'm starting to see the end of my old notes so my review velocity is going to drop starting next week :)

6 years ago 0

@ClanVidela
ClanVidela commented

Nice review, adding it right now on my wishlist :) cheers!

6 years ago 0

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