Pulteney 1998 Connoisseurs Choice

Pulteney 19 Years Old 1998 Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength (57.5%, Gordon & MacPhail, Bourbon Barrel #1071, 192 Bottles, 2018)

  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Pulteney distillery
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice 2018, Cask Strength
  • ABV: 57.5%
  • Cost: £130


What they say

  • DISTILLERY Pulteney
  • REGION Highland
  • DISTILLED Wednesday, 26 August 1998
  • BOTTLED Thursday, 21 June 2018
  • ABV 57.5%
  • YEARS OLD 19
  • CASK NO. 1071
  • CASK TYPE First fill bourbon barrel
  • OUTTURN 192 bottles
  • BATCH 18/049

Official tasting notes:

  • Aroma Aromas of a summer picnic: pressed green apple, apricot jam, and gooseberry. Subtle exotic fruit notes emerge and mix with touches of toasted malt and gentle elderflower.
  • Taste Crushed black pepper mellows into a zesty lemon; flavours of peaches and vanilla cream emerge. Ripe banana and pink grapefruit add a lightly drying edge.
  • Finish Medium; herbal undertones develop into lingering citrus notes.

What I say

Celebrating 50 years of Connoisseurs Choice with Gordon & MacPhail.

An Independent bottling of Pulteney bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength range.

Distilled in 1998 at Pulteney distillery and matured in a 1st fill ex Bourbon barrel for 19 years before producing 192 bottles at 57.5% ABV at outturn.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper gold (8/20), medium-fine tears and legs.
  • Nose: Sweet, salted caramel, toffee, fruity apple, pear, peach, banana, a touch of lemon oil, herbal thyme and cereal barley malt.
  • Taste: Sharp and sugary, citrus and hints of liqourice, settles into sweet honey, fruity apple, peach, nectarine, slightly salted, dried leather, salted caramel, vanilla and toffee.
  • Finish: Long, sweet and jammy apricot and dried peach, gentle oak wood, lemon & thyme.


This single ex-bourbon barrel matured Pulteney expression reveals some interesting facets including Pulteney’s delicious coastal salt influence and in this example quite a savoury lemon & thyme mixture.

Score 87/100

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