Old Pulteney 15 Years Old

Old Pulteney 15 Years Old (46%, OB, 2018)

  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Pulteney Distillery
  • Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £68.20


What they say

Old Pulteney 15 Years Old

Matured for 15 years, this is our most balanced and smooth single malt.  Balancing two different sides of the flavour spectrum, this single malt marries these perfectly, whilst also reflecting our coastal home and its unwavering influence.

On one hand, this is an intense single malt, yet at the same time, it is truly balanced.

Spice and sweetness unite in this naturally rich amber whisky to celebrate rich flavours, yet lighter, more refreshing coastal notes show another side of this single malt.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Rich amber.
  • Aroma: Intense yet balanced. Bursting with rich dried fruit, ripe apples and citrus, with honey sweetness and a generous chord of creamy vanilla. Slightly chocolaty and floral in the background.
  • Taste: Fragrant spices and Christmas cake, with layers of chocolate and a distinct dark toffee sweetness. There is a hint of salty sea air on the finish, a clear connection to the influence of the sea on this single malt.

What I say

Released in August 2018 as part of the revamp of the Old Pulteney range, The old 17 and 21 year old expressions have been discontinued for awhile. The new range keeps the eponymous 12 Year old and adds Huddart (a peated NAS), a 15 and an 18 year old expressions.

This expression distilled at Pulteney distillery has been matured in ex-bourbon and then finished in Spanish oak casks for a minimum of 15 years

My tasting notes:

  • Colour:  Yellow gold / vanilla ice cream (8/20),  medium, oily tears leave loose legs.
  • Nose: Softened fruits, apples stewed with sugar – as if for making a crumble, sweetened with pineapple juice, peach and raisin flapjack, soft cereal malt, a little honey sweetness, pear sorbet and vanilla ice cream.
  • Taste: Gently spiced honey, gingerbread, chocolate-dipped liebkuckhen, possibly even Jamaican ginger cake, a mixture of toffee and salted caramel sauces, the baked apples return with a healthy dose of cinnamon, homemade apple pie, still a drizzle of pineapple juice in here for me, vanilla fudge and cream/butter toffees and a pinch of salt.
  • Finish: Long, spiced, sweet and drying, sherbet, cinnamon donuts or danish pastries, a little oak wood.


Very smooth but in a good way – palate-coating with great texture, rather than flavour-less, there is caramel, toffee and malt aplenty throughout. I had hoped for more of a sherry influence here, darker fruits, nut or chocolate – all of which I love. Rather this is more of a deep fruit and spice type dram but with a sweetness that suggests all sorts of different desserts. One for the sweet-toothed perhaps?

Score 84/100

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