Old Pulteney 21 Year Old
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Old Pulteney 21
Malt from the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. This 21yo is an exceptionally well-matured version well worth a try. This was just rated the best whisky in the in Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible.
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A truly sublime and beautiful experience !
I agree with Jim Murray
Just astonishing and a absaloubtly delightful exsperiance and worth the money every day of the year and a must try for malt whisky fans !!!
26th November 2014
As accessible as Glenmorangie 10 yo, but with a depth and balance I have not experienced before. This is a very, very good whiskey. No wonder it won so many awards. Highly recommended.
5th November 2014
I have reviewed this once or twice before and yet I still find my self coming back to tell everyone how much of a magical experience this dram is !. I'm not going to tell you all how and what it tastes of I've all ready done that but what I will say if the "potter" world produced a whisky then I would put money on it this would be it !. - Just an experience a malt whisky lover has try.
12th August 2014
Admittedly I've not been tasting top-shelf whiskies for long, just a few months. And of those I've found Islay malts have far more appeal to me. Now that warmer weather is here I thought I'd go for a more delicate one, but this really just didn't do it for me. I agree with all the previous reviews, that it's sneakily light on the nose and palate, but destroys you on the finish. But to me it was just like any old light-flavored Canadian whiskey. Granted it was a splendid, perhaps supreme, example of such, with the bad stuff mostly removed and the good stuff accentuated tenfold. And oh that finish does leave you longing for more. But at the end of the day, there was just nothing I could place my finger on to make me say "I have to get another bottle of this". So I may have to go back to bourbon as my warm weather malt-of-choice. Anyway I won't rate it because I don't want to bring down something I don't have the ability to appreciate, and maybe as my palate develops I'll give it another shot, but for now that's my review.
26th May 2014
so this is nice. delicate fruity and zesty, okay I'm intrigued.. then all of a sudden kapow! we're in business. truly wonderful experience.
4th May 2014
Had the pleasure of enjoying a dram while in Edinburgh at Bow Bar. I have since acquired a bottle for my collection. This one is a sneaky one. Light on the nose and a gentle at the start. Then a nice smooth taste that is refreshing yet bold. It finishes with a peak and leaves you wanting more. So, I had a second. This 21 year competes with with some of the best, in my book at least. I can see why Jim Murray gave it gold. Recommend a taste or two
30th March 2014
It's a creeper
Truly beautiful whisky. Says it all. Buy and enjoy.
9th January 2014
The nose is unspectacular, but light and lovely non the less. The dram comes alive at the finish, as the fruits and caramel comes out at the end. 1 sip and you are pleased, 2 and you are engulfed, 3 and this malt really sparks your taste buds.
14th December 2013
So I started with the 17 year old and have to say I liked it a lot, so I guessed I should move on to the 21 as Jim Murray seems to like it who am I to argue so the thing is, is it better? Well to be honest it is but is it £30 better I'm not so sure. So this is how I look at it when the 21 year old runs out would I buy the 21 again or the 17 and it would be the 17 and then put the £30 left over towards another whisky. That said its a great whisky!!!
24th August 2013
how deliciously odd...
a bad start. upon opening, the bloody cork disintegrated! luckily I had those good ol twisty cork things around to surgically fish it out without leaving a big mess...anyway onwards: a nice big "glug" as a pour a generous dram into a whisky glass. the colour is a rich golden amber and after a tea spoon of water and a few swirls, i dug my nose deep in for a sniff. lots of caramel and fruit. quite oily on the lips. the initial explosion is of vanilla fruit caramel honey and anything else sweet I can think of bounces around the mouth like a game of squash. reminds me a bit of the balvanie 12 at this point. it is unquestionably smooth (I hate using that word is describing whiskys). the surprize and most memorable aspect of the drink has to be the after taste which kicks in VERY late and lasts VERY long... an explosion of spice. not of the pepper variety but more of a "ginger dynamite"... layers and layers of it... how odd... I think to savour the drink properly, one should definitely let the entire end-game pass by before starting again... not something that can be appreciated in quick succession... Perhaps I might try with an ice next time but I think the spices will thrive more in neat form... and now I'm gonna go hunt down something to cork up the tasty bastard...
23rd December 2012
What a sneeky little gem this is. Took my delivery of this yesterday and I dont know if it's a bad sign or a good sign that I was immediately cracking this open for a taste; given that it was 9am. So are the chores of life. Caught me totally off guard, the nose was very light and subtle with delicate fruit and floral notes and something every so slightly sweet - not what I expected for something 21 years old. Times for breakfast, so down the hatch it goes; initially sweet, full and very smooth - I do like indeed, an not what I was expecting following the nsoe. All of a sudden something ignites in my mouth like these guys from Wick have managed to cleverly conceal a tiny stick of dynamite inside this scotch, it's not alcohol burn but layers of spice kicked out of nowhere - yee gods! ....and then it's gone, back down to a long aftertaste of honey and trails off to a nice drying finish which has got me reaching the glass for more. This is a whisky Ninja! It's all stealth and sneek and then when you least expect it, bam, it attacks and then slinks off and quiet toes. Stunning.