Review: Old Pulteney 17 Years Old

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Pulteney Distillery

Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £59.99 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Our 17-year-old predominantly features ex-bourbon maturation, with the addition of spirit that has been wholly matured in Spanish wood ex-sherry casks, predominantly Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso. This adds a subtle depth and complexity to the whisky, making for an outstanding after-dinner drink.

Appearance

Red amber with a rich ochre hue.

Aroma

Sweet with traces of apples and pears: slightly woody with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste

Sweet with soft fruits: kiwi, guava, peach.

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #IHDMasterclass online beamed live from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Many thanks to Lukasz and the team at IHD for asking us to take part in this tasting.

Colour:

Rich copper bronze with ruby highlights (12/20), numerous small-medium sized droplet tears form slowly and leave fine legs

Nose:

A melange of fruits, some fresh and some dried, apple, pear, peach, apricot plus raisin prune and fig, maple and pecan pastries and almond croissants freshly baked, toffee and fudge with a hint of rum & raisin and a nice chewy maltiness, vanilla crème brulee

Taste:

Toffee, butterscotch fudge and honey sweetness, a strong cereal maltiness is ever-present, creamy vanilla with salted caramel, touch of cocoa-dusted almonds, herbal wintergreen, green grassiness or slightly dried hay, green coconut, suede leather and old rope, fruity peach, apple and apricot, stewed in brandy, all with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt.

Finish:

Medium – long, vanilla buttercream, tannic and herbal tea and leather, salted caramel

Overall:

A dram that keeps on giving, subtlety is the name of the game here. This 17 year old from Old Pulteney has some reasonably challenging aromas and flavours but they are woven together in such a fashion as to seem ethereal. This is definitely one to sit and mull over for many an hour or two. Superb!

Score: 90/100

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