Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
What's in a name? Old Pulteney 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Old Pulteney 12 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Crisp and clean. Great balance reveals notes of herbs and grist. Parsley, almond.
Palate: Balanced with medium body. Musty, nutty, sultana, toffee, spices. Oak.
Finish: Medium, oak, spices.
This whisky is sharp on the tongue and needs greater cask influence as there is too much unattached alcohol floating around the mouth. The 17 year old has greater depth and interest but is now very expensive. This has potential but needs better cask management and maybe a sherry influence. Glen Garioch 12 is so much better as a Highland malt and is bottled unchillfiltered at 48%.
18th February 2014
It has taken me a long time to get round to OP12 and I am really enjoying the spicy fruit and sweet salty malt & nuts. For me, it is let down by a weak finish, but at this price and age you can't expect everything. Just go easy with the water and enjoy. Well recommended.
7th February 2014
I really don't think that some of the negative reviews above can be taken seriously. This is very enjoyable and rewarding malt which is also very good value.
17th January 2014
If you are particularly fond of the taste of cat urine, then this abomination is the one for you with the added bonus it tastes like it's been filtered through a tramps underpants
10th January 2014
i love the creamy aftertaste
9th January 2014
Don't know what's happened to this malt used to be an inexpensive great tasting malt but know seems to taste as cheap as it costs, don't know if it's a bad batch or what, but definitely not the same anymore.
31st December 2013
Awful just awful, I wouldn't drink this again even with a gun stuck up my an us!
28th December 2013
11.30 Boxing Day
Have had my old pulteney now 24hours , musty never , well not my bottle , full of taste. Flavour Yes . On the. Nose soft and sweet, on the he tongue sharp but soft and genial finish love it.. This will not be my last.
26th December 2013
18.12 Christmas Day have read most of the reviews, salty, musty, nothing on the palette O! I cannot wait. Watch this space
25th December 2013
The taste on this stuff was very strange. Salty, lightly sweet, and woody. But, the flavors all mix to make this sort of overreaching singular flavor. It's a bit of the same thing after awhile, though, and it got more appealing the longer the time I put in between drams.
18th December 2013
My rating is high because this whisky is excellent value. If you want something similar, but more demanding (and therefore probably even more musty), then try Tobermory 10y0, 46%, non filtered. You need to add a bit of water, and in my experience you have to get the amount of water exactly right in order to enjoy a great whisky experience
5th December 2013
This whisky is just great. It has a lovely herbal pungency on the nose; and a saltiness in the taste. These elements could easily be interpreted as musty, and I don't think that it's surprising that this is not to everyone's taste.
Personally, I'm willing to receive all of the "dodgy batches" for free.
Bought a bottle of this in Tesco on 2nd December because it was on offer and the reviews on here we're generally good.
Initial smell - interesting, can't quite work out what it is but I like it.
Initial taste - manzilla sherry. Then musty and more musty. By the end of a small dram I'm drinking it to get rid of it.
Think I'll take it back. Can only assume that it is on offer because Tesco know they've got a dodgy batch.
Shame that I can't find a pub with it in to compare.
3rd December 2013
I drank half a bottle of this over last Xmas and really loved it. Ten months later I was surprised that my new bottle was a bit watery tasting and disappointing. The thing is that it may not initially get you but then its sublety gets a hold and the lovely long finish keeps you coming back for more. One of the best imo.
26th November 2013
Hi folks. 11:30am and I'm sipping this right now. I won't go into whether this is right or not. However... I brought Old Pulteney 12 after having tried lots of others - recently Bunnahabain 12 and Caol Ila 12.
The first thing that strikes me with OP is its colour, quite a brassy amber and it does look somewhat artificial. The nose has some pineapple or apricot thing going on which is very pleasant. The taste is salty and briney in a good way and there are herbal notes too, heather or something similar. The finish is not long on this one and there is not a hint of peat. Overall a very nice dram and at 23 quid in the UK its probably the best bargain malt out there this Christmas when balancing cost with quality.
24th November 2013
I agree with some of the other reviewers that initially it tastes quite salty, particularly the first few sips. However, it does mellow and it really does seem that the more you have the more enjoyable it becomes. Tried with water and it seemed to improve, with the other flavours becoming more apparent - a bit spicy, with a honey/butterscotch taste. I disagree that the finish is too short, it seems to be just about long enough. I tend to prefer the more smokey/peaty whiskys, but this one is excellent as a change. The bottle will definitely be finished!
22nd November 2013
4 stars... this is highly recommended
27th September 2013
interesting comment by the fella about ice killing whisky, i just sunk a small ice cube into about 40ml & after 15 mins, im tasting a lot of butterscotch. after taste is crisper. im most pleased. i don't do this as a rule of thumb, i normally like it neat. however the try and see approach, well its paid off in this case. the point about good single malts, is that they all warrant a learning approach. experiment with the first few nips & suit your drinking style to the product. they are complex beasties and deserve to be approached as such.
I have this in my collection !!!!! One of my favorite !!!! Recommend 100%
22nd August 2013
I'm a Highland Park fan and enjoy "sherry bombs" like Glendronach and Aberlour. I wanted to try OP for something in the same "family" of flavours but with less sweetness. Old Pulteney is all that and the proverbial bag of chips.
I have my very first glass beside me right now as I type. When I take a sip, my tongue detects some oak and says "Springbank." Then, after a few seconds, that balanced HP-esque, sherry-esque magic kicks in )OP is actually matured in bourbon barrels). And then, in a very natural progression, the raisin-savoury flavour gives way to an increasing salty, slightly bitter, slightly sour spice flowing in almond butter. Delicious!
I think a lot of people who read Old Pulteney as watery etc. are using an Islay frame of reference. OP is not a smoke bomb. Lowland whiskies like Bladnoch and even Auchentoshan are sometimes under-appreciated the same way: subtlety and balance are misread as simplicity or weakness. Compounding the problem, all too often people describe a whisky as "smooth" that really is quite dull. OP is smooth but subtle and complex. Comparing Old Pulteney unfavourably with Ardbeg is just silly.
All that said, I would love to see Old Pulteney released in cask strength, or closer to it, with no colour and no chill filtration.
29th July 2013
This is the second bottle I have tried that smells like a very damp room in an old house.
27th June 2013
so here are the stars:)
18th May 2013
This is a single malt that needs active championing from us, "the drinkers":) I agree with all of the positive comments and with none of the negative ones; on the other hand taste is a strictly subjective matter! For me personally, this is about as fantastic as it gets for a 12 year old single malt whisky with unique taste and character and provenance amazingly intact considering it is 40% and chill-filtered and e 150 added...simply magnificent whisky.
I adore this single malt. To me it is like a puzzle or a labyrinth...maybe i'll go with the puzzle-analogy here. It's all about different flavours fitting in with each other against all odds. The contrasts are amazing between sweet and bitter, sweet and salty, sea/dry and flowery...you wonder how all these puzzle pieces are going to fit, and after a sip you realize to your amazement that somehow, magically, they really do! I hope "they" don't mess this one up...
13th May 2013
I'm trying this one for the first time and I'm disappointed. I had been trying to put a worded to the taste then it came to me. Water. The whisky tastes watered down. There is no initial hit of flavors as you would get with an Ardbeg or a Yamazaki for example. The whisky is super mild. I guess I was expecting it to have something about it that says whisky. I only paid $40 for it so that should have been my first clue.
11th May 2013
Lovely stuff, especially considering the price. the nose is warm,dry and creamy with some honey.all marketing aside; there is definately a maritime feel to this malt; on the palate it is sweet but dry, a sophisticated arrival considering its age the finish is the only thing that lets it down but thats a chill-filtered 40% 12 year old. would love to try the 46% non chill 17 but for Old pultenney would not do themselves any harm by releasing a limited number of 12 year olds that were 46% and unchill filtered. that would be interesting.
great staple malt, would reccomend to all.
4th May 2013
Complex 12 year old with a sophisticated finish. Spicy creamy dram with a touch of salt. Must have
13th April 2013
Wow, I bought a bottle of this excellent whisky less than 2 weeks ago and I'm down to a quarter bottle left, which should tell you how much I'm enjoying this one! Clean with an even balance of nutty, slightly salty and creamy, more peppery than sweet, just wonderful. Enjoying nosing and even more drinking it! Pumped to try the 17 and 21 in the coming weeks.
10th March 2013
I'll buy 21
7th March 2013
Love it !!!!!!
This, along with Edradour 10, are my everyday whiskeys. The two are amazingly similar, but the O.P. is tops on price. At any rate, I always have a few bottles of each on stock.
26th February 2013
For the price this is an amazingly interesting whisky. You'll get salt, seabreeze, fruit, and yet not too strong. A good intro whisky (my novice father in law loved it) and one I will keep for as long as possible.
5th January 2013
Well-balanced, reasonably sweet. It is light, but not insubstantial. I disagree that it is a beginner malt. Not every cigar should have a maduro wrapper; dark is not the only chocolate, espresso is not the only coffee. The finish is very short, but, to me, this is an excellent whisky in every other way.
Smooth licorice to start, slight pepper & burn in the middle, and , as has been noted, light, creamy sweetness & faint saltiness at the close.
1st January 2013
I love this 12yr old! Great taste, you will not be disappointed purchasing this! Beautiful.
30th December 2012
A brilliant drop for the price. Has a place on my shelf always.
27th December 2012
Relatively new to single malts, but my favourite so far. Perfect tone with very little lingering after taste. You do get hints of salt, as the barrells are left exposed to the sea air. Absolute perfection for me :)
24th December 2012
Too musty. Got to be joking. Anybody who spells 'real' whisky with an 'E' somehow lacks a worthwhile opinion.
Would assume he/she drinks his/her whisky with additive other than water. That does NOT include ice. Ice kills the real taste of real malt.
All Scottish whiskies should be drunk at ambient temperature.
20th December 2012
Easily the best whiskey I had tried. It's not harsh and has lovely salty tones. Perfect with fish.
19th December 2012
For the price, this is a great whisky. One of the best all-around scotches to introduce people to single malts. It's well-balanced and flavorful. I don't agree with the comments about it being "salty" or having no legs. If someone needs it sweeter, they should stick to blends, and leave single malts alone. I admit it's nothing amazing, but well worth being a frequent purchase.
21st November 2012
This one has that salty tang on the finish, think my taste buds require something a bit sweeter
21st September 2012
A cheap whisky that sadly tastes cheaper than it costs. A little abrasive at first and that hint of bitter salt. Weak and no legs at all. Bourbon casks - really, are you sure?
I agree it can grow, the end of the glass being far more enjoyable than the first but still leaves me feeling a little disgruntled. It'll get drunk if there's nothing else available but the bottle and packaging are far more impressive than the contents.
28th August 2012
In my opinion this is one of the best value for money 'entry level' single malt expressions on the market. A bit bemused how someone has given this 0 stars for being 'too musty' clearly they need their whisky glasses washing! OP 12 offers a lovely honey note on the nose with fresh sea air cutting right through the middle, more honey and orange blossom on the tongue with butter scotch notes. A fantastic dram and well worth the money if you want to start exploring the wonderful world of single malt whisky.
31st July 2012
I really like Old Pulteney 12 - it's got a very individual style, with a gentle saltiness and spiciness that make it quite unique. Really good value for money, an excellent entry-level whisky.
2nd July 2012
Very good entry-level malt, with a great nose. A bit watery on the palate, I'd like to see this at 43% or 46% ABV.
22nd June 2012
Didn't like it at first, as it doesn't have much initial taste on the tongue. But it definitely grows on the palate and fantastic value for money.
3rd June 2012
Decent tasting notes by The Chaps, but I would edit as follows;
Nose: Crisp and clean. Great balance reveals notes of herbs and grist. (+ light fruit), (slightly herbal)Parsley(?), Almond.(brine)
Palate: Balanced with medium body. Musty (never), nutty (lots of almond), (hint)sultana , (little)toffee, (moderate)spices. Oak.(Salt)
Finish: Medium, oak, spices.(bitter sweet with almond, coconut, and salt edge).
At this price this is an absolute joy. Water? 1tsp /30ml is more than enough. I think it's best as a staight wee nip.
2nd May 2012
In my opinion - one of the best!!! Excellent value malt!!!
28th March 2012
Clean aroma, mediun bodied and long-lasting taste leading to a subtle saltiness for the finish. I will be buying this again, mark my words, excellant stuff.
12th March 2012
I have had this whiskey on many ocassions, but the bottle just purchased is musty to the point of un drinkable. It leaves a lingering mouldy musty taste in the mouth which is most unpleasant . Must be somthing wrong with this batch, I am going to return to the shop !
21st February 2012
Smooth Taste and wonderful blend of aromas. Oban used to be my best - still is - but Old Pulteney is nearly as good - certainly one of the Best !!!
30th January 2012
Although officially classed as highland, I think maritime is the best description for this whisky. It has an intense nose and palate, with spice and oak/sherry (Also some citrus notes) and then a tangy salty aftertaste.
Frankly to find a malt of such complexity at this price takes little beating imho!!!
2nd November 2011
This whisky is the ideal one for me. A strong nutty full bodied taste (with some citrus too) and then a salty and sharp after finish. At the price you can pick up a malt of this complexity nothing else touches it!!
26th October 2011
A whisky I keep coming back to,live it!
18th August 2011
A delicious excellent value malt - difficult to beat in my opinion
14th November 2009