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Old Pulteney WK217 Spectrum

Coastal delight

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@tjbReview by @tjb

29th Nov 2013


Old Pulteney WK217 Spectrum
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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The Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the British mainland. It is situated further North than Kodiak Island Alaska!

The Spectrum WK217 expression is a "travel retail exclusive" and therefore not available in the shops. This duty free only expression is named in honour of a historic boat from around 1920 made in Wick called The WK217 'Spectrum'.

This expression is has no age statement and comes in a litre bottle. It has been matured in ex American casks and Spanish ex sherry butts. The colour is a dark amber.

I was bought this bottle as a gift and the fact it's 1 litre means it's a gift that keeps on giving. I have had it open nearly 5 months and the air has opened it up slightly. I have found adding water doesn't help releasing flavour profiles so this review is done neat and at 46% it's about right. So, enough preamble, let's go!

Nose: Honey, salt, green apples, vanilla

Palate: Lots of lovely sweet honey upfront. Salty, drying oak, moving into sultanas, dried fruits, and a spicy tail.

The finish is medium and the saltiness makes me salivate and the spiciness tingles my gums and tongue. The honey remains.

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