Pulteney

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

Old Pulteney 2006 Vintage

Whisky Review

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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.

Overall

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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