Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage (46%, OB, 2017)

Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage

Whisky Review


What they say

Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage

Distilled from the finest Scottish malted barley, this exclusive Vintage expression of the Maritime Malt harnesses rich heritage and coastal exposure into a vibrant and rewarding Single Malt experience. Only a handful of first fill ex-bourbon barrels were selected for this rare release by Pulteney Distillery Manager, Malcolm Waring. Crafted from the best American oak and air dried for flavour intensity, these high-quality casks helped to hone the spirit’s well-rounded sweetness, while at the heart of this exceptional whisky lies the natural richness and charisma embodied by Old Pulteney’s Caithness home.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Vintage Gold.
  • Aroma: Elegant and energetic with a toffee sweetness and refreshing, spicy overtones.
  • Taste: Firm and intense. Flavours of honey and crème brûlée are contrasted by crisp notes of citrus, coconut and green apples. The finish is sweet and spicy.

What I say

Released to travel retail this 2006 vintage from Old Pulteney has been matured for 11 years in ex-Bourbon American Oak casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Colour:  Pale and bright champagne gold (3/20), fine, oily tears leave fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet, fruity and coastal, this has honey, peaches, apples, a saline tang and something fresh like a mixture of citrus lemon and drying linen before vanilla, oak wood and lemon or lemon and lime curd, quite refreshing.
  • Taste: Medium to full bodied on the palate, thick, creamy and syrupy, saltwater taffy or salt caramel and mixed fruits, apple, lemon, peach, lime, oak wood adds a little green tannin, cereal malt and toffee, again vanilla arrives later with a little coconut and peppery spice.
  • Finish: Medium-long, creamy, sweet and sharp like coconut milk and lime juice, drying oak wood with gentle tannins and spices.


Pleasant enough, this has some nice flavours and textures about it but a little too sharp citrus and ‘green’ wood for my liking.

Score 79/100

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