Whisky Review: Pulteney 10 Years Old PX Sherry octave finish – The Octave Project
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Pulteney distillery
- Bottling: A. D. Rattray, The Octave Project
- ABV: 57.5%
- Cost: £30 for 5 x 3cl
What they say
This set of 30ml little dram samples of Pulteney single malt are a result of The Octave Project. The Pulteney spirit was originally matured in a Bourbon Hogshead before being divided between four different Octave casks. Specially commissioned from the coopers for our Project, each Octave used oak staves taken from a larger cask that had previously contained PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja or Rum. One portion of whisky from the original cask was retained to enable a point of comparison.
Enjoy and compare these intense new flavours alongside the original Bourbon cask… savour the major and minor notes.
What I say
Similar to the Arran Octave project previously reviewed this set is composed of 5 x 3cl drams starting with a sample from the original Bourbon barrel, distilled at Pulteney distillery and matured for a minimum of 9 years, before cask finishing in 4x different ‘seasoned’ Octave casks a small portion of the original barrel was kept for comparison. The remainder due to their time in the Octaves are 10 years old.
This sample was finished for around 5 months in a PX Sherry seasoned Octave.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark bronze (13/20), medium tears and medium legs.
- Nose: Dark fruits; raisin, prunes wrapped in chocolate, dry, dusty, cocoa-dusted truffles, hints of spice, nutty, jammy and juicy forest fruits.
- Taste: Raisin and prune lead the dried fruits, caramelised sugars, dark chocolate and chocolate truffles, Black Forest Gateaux, walnut, spun sugar and chocolate -covered brazil nuts, some sharp and sour black cherry noyes and a little of the coastal salt towards the end.
- Finish: Warming, spiced over-caramelised sugar and black cherries.
Easily as good as the original Bourbon barrel expression but quite different. This time their is some dark fruits from the sherry cask but also plenty of chocolate and nutty elements too. The spice in this one is much more reserved.
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