Review: Old Pulteney 17 Years Old
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Pulteney Distillery
Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.
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.
Red amber with a rich ochre hue.
Sweet with traces of apples and pears: slightly woody with a hint of butterscotch.
Sweet with soft fruits: kiwi, guava, peach.
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.
Rich copper bronze with ruby highlights (12/20), numerous small-medium sized droplet tears form slowly and leave fine legs
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
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.
Medium – long, vanilla buttercream, tannic and herbal tea and leather, salted caramel
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!
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