Whisky Review: Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Pulteney Distillery

Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £50.44 buy from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative 

The Limited Edition Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative bottle launched in July 2014. Only 2,700 cases of 6 available world-wide (6 x 70cl x 46%). Matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

Appearance:

Polished gold.

Aroma:

Sweetness of dried fruits and crispiness of green apples is accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla and white chocolate.

Taste:

Waves of honey and orange zest, a rounded oaky structure and an unmistakable coastal note which sets Old Pulteney apart. Smooth and long-lasting.

What I say:

This Special Edition release was launched by Old Pulteney to highlight their sponsorship of the Clipper round the world yacht race in 2013-2014, highlighting their marine/maritime history and links. Made from a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and presented un-chill filtered, natural colour at 46% ABV as standard.

Appearance:

Light refractive gold (4/20)

Nose:

Vanilla cream, lemon drizzle sponge cake, leathery, dried fruit; raisin and fruit cake, polished wood, sweeter/fresher orchard fruits such as apple, some cinnamon, crstallized ginger and baked apple and raisin strudel and that classic sea spray

Taste:

Oily and thick/full bodied on the palate, launches with zesty orange peel and more crystallized ginger, raises the sail to biscuit malt barley and salted caramel, with fruit cake, dried fruit; raisin, cherry, prune at the helm this expression sails safely into port with more sherried elements such as marzipan and cocoa and a hint of ripe banana

Finish:

Medium-long, malty, steady sailing with citric fruit peel and nutty marzipan

Overall:

A well balanced expression that delivers a little more zesty citrus fruit and nutty character than commonly found on the age statement expressions from Old Pulteney.

Score: 84/100

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