Old Pulteney is a distillery with a distinct character which really challenges this. Their single malts have a distinct coastal/salty characteristic which I like a lot. I have reviewed the 12 year old version and was struck by just how coastal it was and how well integrated it was with other flavours. The core range has changed since then and now you can get 15 year old and 18 year old age statements as well as the Huddart which sits in between the 12 and 15 in terms of price. I have been looking forward to trying the highly acclaimed 17 year old for a while because I have heard nothing but praise for it and also because it is no longer being produced.
Whisky: Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%
Nose: Tropical fruits, banana, buttered toast, sea salt, leather, oak, cinnamon spice
Taste: Malt, buttered toast, honey, cinnamon, leather, tropical fruit juice, sea salt, smoke
Finish: Dry, cinnamon, oak, salt and smoke, spice
Summary: This is exactly what I like. I get lots of tropical fruit, which I can’t pin down to specifics, but is nice nonetheless. Then there is a malt and buttery notes with a touch of spice. All of this supported by coastal notes. If I were to describe my ideal single malt then this would be close to it. I have only rated it a 4.25 because availability is low and it is now priced at above £80 if you can find it. I would pay that price but at the same time I know there will come a time soon when I would have to pay auction prices to get it. This is great in my opinion and I think you should at least try a sample to experience it. I will need to get around to trying the new range, I hope the 15 and 18 year old are close to this or better.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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