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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

(70cl, 40%)

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

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Old Pulteney 12 Bottling Note

Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, this Old Pulteney malt was a Double Gold winner at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old (Old Bottling) Reviews

For heaven's sake..

Lover of single malts. Raised in the foothills of Clermont, KY, I have a natural nose for barrel spirits. This Old Pulteney 12 is unbelievably delicious, balanced and colored gold. Bought on a whim, this scotch brought me to near tears of joy once experienced I'm telling none of my friends that I bought it for $20.99. For heaven's sake, by a bottle. Hell, two bottles.

1st October 2018


Ive been drinking whisky now for 3 or 4 years. I still consider myself a whisky novice even though I've tried many different single malt scorches. I'm a bargain hunter so I try a lot when they're on offer, which Old Pultney 12 never ever seems to be. However, I spotted this at £22 and snapped it up immediately. Not disappointed, at all. In fact this is in my top 5 easily. Absolute pleasure to drink, smells and tastes like salted caramel, Little spice and hints of vanilla. A really exceptional whisky at the price point. It's a must have in my humble opinion.

22nd September 2018

A masterpiece in a sea of mediocrity

Not only one of the great value single malts - one of the great malts. Old Pulteney is also a master of consistency. One never opens up a bottle and wonders what happened. The salty and briny notes are a delight, but there are a range of other flavors. Is this called the “Iowa” malt? No. Its called the “Maritime” malt because it prides itself in its whiff of the seven seas. This is like being at sea while sipping it in your study.

1st September 2018

Very nice

Tasted this in a restaurant and was very nicely surprised by it's quality.
Easy to drink with lots of flavours coming about. One of the best I drank this year and one to buy for the home collection. JWW

13th August 2018

Great all rounder .Easy sipping whisky. Goes down way too smooth. The price is excellent.

I spied this on the top shelf and decided to give it a try .Bright, and warming. The taste of honey lingers. The finish is smooth naybe too smooth. The price point is low compared to similar tasting single malts.

24th July 2018

Good buy for its price.

Delicate smell, felt like a bit of citrus and flowers. Very smooth taste, I like this one.

20th July 2018


Just far to much salt. Trying to hard for the maratime connection and tastes like they have actually added salt. This is pure salt!

20th July 2018

Great tasting Whisky, always seem to drift back to this 12yr old

Great tasting Whisky, always seem to drift back to this 12yr old

16th June 2018

New defined taste

Fresh flavour with tones of lemon but a brilliant after taste which lasts in the mouth

14th April 2018

Great value

This is a whisky I somehow forgot to review the first time I bought it a few years ago so now that I have it once again time to make it official. This is a whisky that is a little rough around the edges but with the perfect amount of water it really shines. It's all about character with this one, initial bourbon oak, with vanilla , a hint of lemon peel, gentle coastal tang, and a slight suggestion of smoke. This is the kind of whisky that is pretty good at a young age but doesn't quite compare to the older expressions from the distillery which are truly exceptional. Little young and rough hence the 7 rating but for the money excellent dram. Glad I got it again. Cheers! The Sugarbear

5th April 2018

Opposing flavours are great.

Very bright, clean smell, like castor sugar. Finish is like pipe tobacco , but the sweetness is still there. Smooth but the alcohol stings the nose.

14th March 2018

Best buy in my area! Cheaper than Glenmo 10, more character than Speyburn, 'livet and 'fiddich

43% in the US, should be 46%! I would absolutely give 5 stars if it wasn't chill filtered and didn't have added colorant. Among the flagship 10-12 year old malts - those ubiquitous and not too expensive ones at every bar - this and Glenmorangie 10 have the most character to me. OP12 tastes older than its age and has nice complexity. FWIW I initially hated it - tried it in the same session after Highland Park 12 - a no-no! Since then I've bought a few more bottles, given it as gift (which was very much enjoyed).

I am not into "bottle A is better than bottle B" - I do like some better, but I keep most of them in my cabinet and pick one depending on the mood. And I base my orders firmly on price - when the price is right I buy OP12, Glenlivet, Speyburn, Glenmorangie. If the price is higher on these, I'll rather pay a bit more and explore some of the craft-presentation offerings or older expressions.

1st February 2018

Good price good whisky

Not too sweet little peat good drinker

19th January 2018

More than just an entry level whisky.

This remains one of my favourite single malt whiskies, it has a clean, crisp, and inviting flavour. It's not a winter whisky, but it's a great way to welcome the coming of spring.

6th January 2018

Very Good

A nice smooth highland whisky, not quite up to Tobermory though.

23rd November 2017

Very Smooth

This is a fantastic dram. One of the smoothest I've enjoyed so far. I like peated scotch but this is great for a bit of a sweeter change with a salty undertone.

24th October 2017

Nicely balanced

I am enjoying this. Bit of seaside salt and peat. Hint of sweetness in the finish.

22nd October 2017

Easy to drink but feels empty.

The first single malt I have tried, very smooth and quite sweet but I don't get much flavour, having said that it has a moreish quality as it's very light and you seem to finish a glass before you know it. I might give the 17 a try and see if it packs more of a flavoursome punch.

10th October 2017

My choice.

One of the best I ever drink. Very smooth, delicate flavour and good price.

14th July 2017

Old Reliable

My go to whisky! - smooth, easy drinking and a reasonable price. What more could one ask for!

12th July 2017

Good enough for it's cost

But personally I rather spend more money and get something I like better.

14th May 2017

Pretty good

I am quite fond of this one. Probably not worth over £30. If you keep you eyes peeled you can often find this for £25 give or take in supermarkets.

6th May 2017

A taste of spring

There is a whisky for every season,this to me tastes of spring,milder than the wintry islay malts with a lead up to the softer whiskies for summer like the Glenlivet distillers edition.To me it tastes of lemon of salt of winters end.Loved it on a beautiful blue skied spring evening....enjoy

8th April 2017

not good

Bought this bottle a year a go tried it last night did not think alot to it had a taste and its like your waiting for something else something missing from this its like vodka I like my quarter cask and macallan 12 but wont be buying this again highland park best buy for £25

12th March 2017

pleasantly surprised

I had purchased this out of curiosity and it sat in the pantry for nearly a year before I opened it. How negligent I was! This whisky more than surpassed my expectations! It is slightly salty, yes. But imagine how pleased one can be with the taste of bacon or smoke in a whisky. It works well and I will never underestimate this distillery again. In fact I make it a point to try their higher range bottlings. Nose and palate were both smooth and palatable although not incredibly pronounced. This is a very easy win for a table whisky as it's priced well and I'd like to see if their is more complexity in the older or sherried drams. I'd give it 3.5 but it wasn't very complex. The smoothness and peculiar saltiness are essentially all that takes it to 3.5 or higher.

13th February 2017

Shelf additive

Vanilla, figs, fruit, honey...sherbert. Followed by hints of sea salt and caramel on the finish. Absolute staple in the cabinet.

27th January 2017

Very good when it is consistent.

The first bottle of this, I thought I had fallen in love with a new favorite. My first bottle was very balanced, juicy lemon drop, fresh salt air, good warmth with light smoke, and a lip smacking finish of Lemon ginger candy. The second bottle (which I bought at the same time as the first) however, had far too much oak and dryness, which overtook all the freshness and fruit. It tasted like someone had poured Bulleit Bourbon into my bottle. There was an overwhelming Chardonay and Bourbon oak dominating the profile. It was drinkable but there was none of that lovely wet, lemon, light smokey salt air sweetness as I made my way through the second batch. I really wanted that first experience bottle I had. It is hard to know what you are getting into with a purchase of this one, luck of the draw perhaps?

20th December 2016

A littel water makes this one amazing

You must put water in it!! With water in its a great dram!

10th December 2016

Ace of a whiskey

I will be the first to admit that I do not consider myself to be an expert when it comes to whiskey. I realize that there are many people who have a more experienced palate then me.
However, I am a BIG fan of whiskey and have tried many different brands over the years. This is the one bottle I keep coming back to. Absolutely wonderful stuff.

That marzipan note in the devolepment is stellar!

Can't recommend it enough.

26th November 2016

Pretty awful, spirit fumes.

Ralfy - who knows his whisky - reckons this is the bees knees. Which I just don't get - perhaps the quality has dropped off a cliff in the last couple of years. Nose is of an 8 y/o (fairly raw whisky) with no cask influence whatsoever. Spirit fumes which you just don't expect from a 12yo single malt.

Taste is better - but not by much - hot ginger, maybe satsuma. Perhaps there is some peat in there. No salt or 'maritime influences' (whatever they might be)

Finish is mercifully short. Really this isn't good. Yes its cheap, but barely drinkable. Seriously I'd much prefer a glass of Teachers.

14th November 2016

Not for me

Really wanted to fall in love with Old Pulteney, but no. Unfortunately not. Not for me.

11th September 2016

Bang for ur buck

Creamy, salty, sweet with a hint of salt. It a great dram at a great price.

1st September 2016

Basic. Affordable. Good.

A tasty, consistent treat which blows the doors off of more highly priced competitors.

6th August 2016

Good value and characterful

I've bought this s a few times over the years as it's often on discount in Scottish supermarkets. Current bottle was bought in Durness for £24; a bargain, and in a wee independent store near the whisky's home in Wick! I'd say that Highland Park from o'er the water in Orkney still has the edge but, if you fancy a change, this one is well worth a punt. It has a definite maritime quality and is less sweet than HP. Other expressions previously only found in airports are starting to turn up in merchants' shops and one or two supermarkets.

30th July 2016 - for my full Whisky blog & reviews!


The Nose; Modest yet noticeable sea-air. Maritime fruits, those luxury tropical imports only the wealthy could once afford such as Apricots, lychee & pineapple. Theres a crispness like a clean Marlborough grape Sauvignon Blanc.

The Taste; Well balanced & remarkably clean. This scotch has a tight well defined body. Theres lemon as well as a return of tropical fruits. Nuts such as Almonds appear & they mix well with new creamy honey & vanilla notes. The barley textures here are genuinely unique, stodgy and moorish, like a thick milk chocolate cake or fudge.

The Finish; Medium length. That briny soft sea saltiness returns. It’s very subtle yet has a maturity beyond its humble 12 year age statement. Theres a understated spice in the linger. A spice wrapped delicately in Oak & Herbs, think fresh parsley & basil

26th July 2016

Amazing Value

Plate has big notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, fresh fruit and citrus rind. Has a relative short, light/medium strength finish that tastes of ground pepper, spices and oak.

27th June 2016



26th June 2016

Goes down easy.

Nothing special about this whisky but its very drinkable. A great session whisky or would make the perfect gift for someone who is new to whisky or you aren't sure what type they like.

17th June 2016

out of this world //

out of this world would not drink nothing else, just bough another 2 bottles of 12 years old for my friends to have a drink. love it. i have tried other malts. but this one takes the cake ///

7th June 2016

Ok; a long way off the standard of the 17 year

Clear, heather like color (always good!) Aromas of honey, vanilla extract,. Tastes warming, subtle sweetness and spice. I picked up a taste of English Tea on the top of my mouth, small finish however.

24th May 2016


Old Pulteney 12 instantly became one of my standard drams upon my first bottle uncorking. For me it brings the taste of the sea to my table, a bridge to the Islays perhaps starts with a Pulteney and then jump to Bruichladdie before a LeFroggy (lol)

Sea salts with chocolates, berry and marsipan with various fruits. Unique and trustworthy dram this.

8th May 2016


Quite subtle but this is an exceptional scotch.

3rd May 2016

Old Pulteney

Good stuff, I think I may have drunk too much of it. So it kinda alters my review. But the taste is typical single malt. Pretty smooth.

28th April 2016


I keep underestimating this whisky. How is it that I try this one day and I pick up noticible sherry notes then next time I get light citrus on the nose? I wonder if it may be what I have tastes shortly before, Grants tonight and A'bunadh before which makes sense but definitely not a contaminated glass. The world of whisky is amazing me!

6th March 2016


Each time I try this great scotch it throws new sensations at me. I'm just picking up the sherry notes on the nose for the first time which is surprising as they are quite obvious now.

4th March 2016

Fantastic whiskey

Opened my first bottle of Old Pulteney during the Liverpool victory over Man City (3-0).
Was pleasantly surprised, with the whiskey that is, not with the three points.

N: Quite mellow at first, then it develops into honey, vanilla and almond. There is a bit of salt there as well.
P: Sharp honey, vanilla, malt, almonds, marsipan (very nice) toffee and arrak. I'm also getting freshly sawn oak.
F: Sweet lingering finish with plenty of dry oak.

This is a whiskey that has plenty to offer. Won't be my last bottle.


3rd March 2016

A steady Eddie . . .

I had some issues with a slight crack in the cork that seemed to have concentrated some rather unpleasant odours on opening. A bit of time in the bottle and a few drams later we were in business!

A very briny malt with a hint of veg (asparagus water) and peat. A lovely nose and faint honey malt taste. You can definitely get the bourbon influence, The finish can have a dry tannin quality though, which slightly hampers this one. Needs time and a little water imo. A very easy drinking malt that I would pick up if on offer.

21st February 2016

Great drinking experience...

You can appreciate the crafting of this scotch and tell the passion that goes into it. I did find it a little underwhelming on the palate compared to the nose and finish but still a great drinking experience.

20th February 2016

Poor whisky

For this budget price most whiskies are much better

12th February 2016

I did well chosing this whiskey...

Went to the local liquor store to pick up the last bottle of Monkey Shoulder they had left. First time at this store and noticed the prices were very reasonable and thought to myself, "Why spend $27.00 on a mixed malt when I can spend a few extra bucks and buy a single malt Scotch?". So I ditched the Monkey Shoulder (which I've never tried) and found a nice bottle of Old Pulteney for a few dollars more.

Man am I glad I did! What a beautiful Highland Single Malt Scotch! Since I'm in America it was 43% and I tend to drink my Scotch neat, though sometimes I add a little water to open up the flavors. It has a nice citrus nose with vanilla mixed in. The flavor is awesome, smooth, bread-grainy, a touch of oak and salt and a slightly sweet finish that turns dry and leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

A solid bottle of Scotch from the Highlands that you will definitely enjoy.

9th February 2016


Lovely golden colour with golden taste to match. Only one problem - just can't take one out of the bottle.

31st January 2016

Old Pulteney, New Favorite

Been drinking this for a few months now and probably is my new favorite. I love all of the smoky Islays, but this one just haunts me. It is indeed 'The Maritime Malt'; I can taste the sea. In fact, I'm thinking about buying an old trawler, filling it full of Old Pulteney and casting off the Highland coast, never to return (except to replenish the Old Pulteney). But I have a problem. Just read the reviews on the 17 yo, which I haven't tried yet. Sounds like it might upstage the 12. Hope not, it's more expensive.

23rd January 2016

not my taste

I like more Cherry cask whiskies so this is completely my opinion as I see that the most of you appreciate this stuff.
I found it salty and watery, just a bit fruity but mostly indifferent in taste. I have a whole bottle but tried it just 3 times untill now in different ocassions.
I stands there in my closet among other whiskies, but for some reason I dont pick it up with a great enthusiasm like I do with glenfiddich rich oak or strathisla or även maybe glenmorrangie lasanta.

9th January 2016


Single Malt Scotch Whisky, with a color and smell divine. A WHISKY a Distinguished flavor. Lovely times.

31st December 2015


Great drop for the price, well worth the money.

28th December 2015

the one

nothing else comes close, i have sampled a lot of whiskies, some very cheap and some quite expensive, but non have given me the satisfaction that OLD PULTENY gives. for me it is number 1.

26th December 2015

dave m

A fine whisky one of the best

20th December 2015


Have sampled many whiskies over the years, but always come back to this one. Well priced, and a great taste from start to finish. Hard to come by in ROI, but north of the border has pleny

15th December 2015


For myself an aged single malt needs a double shot
With a little water for the pallet to slowly aquire the full deapth of taste in this fine whisky . Old Putney 12yr single malt is a good example of generations of artisans
Creating a fine tipple .
The cost lowers the tone . I recommend highly .

9th December 2015


My absolute favourite malt. Been fortunate enough to try my fair share of whiskies, but I can't help going back to this again and again. It's fresh, crisp a light, but still packs a flavoursome punch. I love the salty aftertaste. Whenever I'm asked for a recommendation - this is always the one I offer up. Try it and buy it - you won't regret it.

4th December 2015


Great, I love it. Very different from a peated or sherry scotch. It has a considerable touch of salt to finish and a great scent. Bang for your buck

1st December 2015


Very clean, sweet taste with mild spice upfront. Smooth finish, but not too thin on the tongue. A fine whiskey. Well done!

29th November 2015


Excellent scotch for a good price.

21st November 2015


good whether for an autumn evening, a winter's night, a spring forward or summer parties.

12th November 2015

Was a gift

It tasted like really good single malt-- which is NOT my I added some ice cubes made of frozen Dr. Pepper, then it was drinkable. The only bad thing is, I ran out of Dr. Pepper...good thing the wife had some diet coke, saved the day!

31st October 2015

Pros & Cons

Pros: It's unique-- it might be just right for you. Well priced. Readily available. Presentation is an added plus, I like the packaging and the bottle is really cool (minor thing, I know)...

Cons: It's unique-- so much so, that you might not like it at all.

My notes: Parsley on the nose is well defined and quite difficult not to notice...golden raisins, hints of clover honey...not much else. Palate entry is buiscuity, a little butter, dumplings without gravy, herbal...nutty in the middle and sweet just before the finish, and it finishes with a burst of sea salt...nuttiness returns and a nice interplay develops between the two...more salt returns and lingers. Nice salty burn, I wouldn't call it "hot" by any means though. For me, this is a great bottle to have on hand when I want something different, because like it or not-- I don't think anyone can argue that it's not different from pretty much anything else out there. I believe the character may be an acuired taste, but it's already growing on me...if you like it, you'll likely love it before long. I must deduct points for a lack of complexity for its age, however, again; it has some very unique character-- so I recommend trying some at least once. I love the finish, almost like salty chicken and dumplings without the chicken if you can imagine that...the nuttiness somehow fits in well. No typical bourbon barrel imparts really, besides the faint honey note (which is usually stronger with bourbon barrell aged scotch). I like it, but I'll be objective in my rating ;)

2nd October 2015

Great Scotch at a Great Price!

Single malt is a guilty pleasure my husband and I gift ourselves. We have spent a good dollar on many that have brought less pleasure. Old Pulteney is a Great Single Malt so under rated and undiscovered.

21st September 2015

A pleasant introduction to single malts

I have just started to really get into drinking single malt whisky and I have to say that Old Pulteney 12yo is a very nice dram for a starting whisky drinker. Smooth and nicely balanced with a bit of sweetness. A perfect introductory single malt for it's taste and price.

19th July 2015

my favorite

absolutley love this . wonderful salty notes with oak , and weridly enouth peanuts... fantastic.

19th July 2015

Terrific! Underrated!

Absolutely wonderful malt! Love the salinity, cake flavors! Unique and a hell of a bargain!

16th June 2015


For me OP12yo is too bland. It's not bad, but a little bit boring. I would like more complexity.

13th June 2015

A New Favourite

Given as an unexpected thank you from a discerning customer, imagine my delight to find a Malt I'd not tried before which has now become a favourite. Very approachable, slightly sweeter and yes a touch of salt, but unmistakenly butterscotch and a very distinct almost cream sherry delivery. Its full marks from me at this price.

2nd June 2015

One of my favourites

I don't claim to be an expert. but I know a wee bit about whiskies. I like a whisky with a peaty flavour every now and then, but prefer something a bit sweeter and this does the trick nicely. Plus the bottle looks smashing in my display case, so ,bonus!

31st May 2015

like a knockando 12

It resembles a knockando 12. Only the nockando is better to mybpallet. The OP 12 taste a tad too blended.

2nd May 2015

Hard to beat for the price

excellent whisky at a more than affordable price (35$ us). I've yet to meet it's match when it comes to bang for your buck.

6th April 2015

Nice change

Been drinking pretty just Islay malts for the last 6 months, this has been a delightful change and is a great whisky to start on if your looking to start tasting from a new or different region. Most noticeable trait was a long sweet finish, the whisky also has an almost creamy flavour to it accompanied by sweeter tastes. A good whisky and not to much damage to the wallet.

31st March 2015

Excellent Whisky

Just a great Whisky and one that has secured a permanent spot in my cabinet. The fact that it is not terribly expensive means I don't have to wait for a major holiday to enjoy. Well done.

While I do love it as is, the non chill-filtered, non colored version proposed by "Superb Value" would make me purchase another bottle immediately.

16th March 2015

Flavorful 12 year old

Great taste and finish. Actually can taste a bit of salt. Good value for the price.

25th February 2015

Great value 12 year old malt

I can't think of a 12 year old at this price that has such an array of flavours - maybe Highland Park 12. I get tropical fruit chews, butterscotch, brine and subtle oak. Lovely long finish...delicious.

17th January 2015

Dynamic and delicious

For about 40 US, you can't get much better value. Sweet and Spicy. Different flavors in almost every sip!

11th January 2015

This is my current favourite

My favourite was Glenmorangie until my wife got me a new one, Old Pulteney. It is really nice with a smooth taste. The only issue I have with it is that when the bottle is opened, I can't help emptying it. 5 stars from me. I would love to visit the distilliary, but with a nine hour commute, I don't think I can manage it just yet.

9th January 2015

Director 1877 tall ship ELISSA

A wonderful malt evoking the seafaring traditions of its Celtic birthplace. Huzzah!

3rd January 2015

Superb value..

Superb value for money.
The tasting notes above describe it very nicely.
It also has that distinctive Pulteney nose and palate which makes it stand out.
Only drawback is the low abv, chillfiltration and colouring.
If only Pulteney would correct that..


1st January 2015

Very nice

Am new to malt but have worked my way through bottles of Aberlour, Bowmore, Laphroaig and now this. Its a very nice easy drinking malt after the robust flavour of Laphroaig. It tastes pleasantly of toffee for one. For the money I think its excellent.

1st January 2015

Very Happy With This

For the price you really can't go far wrong with this bad boy. I read the reviews on here when choosing my Christmas tipple and was very happy when I got home and had a wee dram!

30th December 2014

Top draw

was recommended this by my local whisky shop and it is bar far the best I've had. if there is a better value for money whisky I'd like to know!

26th December 2014

Whippet Away

My dog found it a bit ruff

26th December 2014

John allen

The best malt if you can find one better let me know ?

19th December 2014



2nd December 2014

A pleasant Tipple

I generally like dark smokey malt's but remember buying a bottle of Old Pulteney a while ago and thought i'd try it again. A very nice fruity malt and an easy drinking tipple.Better to pay a little extra for this than the cheaper 'paint-strippers! Very nice.

28th November 2014

mr taylor

you would love this trebor .

26th November 2014

You dont get much better

if you tried a dram of this in a bar, and was told it was the most expensive drink in house, you would not question it. its a beauty.

4th November 2014


cracking stuff, you can taste the passion of the makers

3rd November 2014

I am in love with this scotch & miss it very much where i stay

My damn best liqour

20th September 2014


This is a very cheeky malt, i've drank loads of em and this one is up there with the best. I like peaty, i like sherry and I like this, you might not like it but I certainly do. You can goon about sea salt, toffee, honey, raisins and all that,it's bull, this whiskey is delightful and after every glass I want more and more SIX STARS

13th September 2014

A journey in a bottle

First out of the bottle it was honey on the nose and all salt/brine on the palate. After sitting in the glass five minutes I got a big hit of almonds to the snout and the saltiness had mellowed. Another reviewers comment about cat urine made me laugh. I get where they're coming from but a couple of minutes to sit and for me the acridity and mustiness had disappeared completely. I got that at first but fifteen minutes later it's fruit and nut bars. Twenty minutes in I'm getting butterscotch and spicy coated peanuts. Who knows where this is going or will end up? Like others have said, whisky is subjective, there's no right or wrong to what you perceive. Comments about bourbon casks are irrelevant, most are, get over it. More to the point is that a whisky that provokes such diverse reactions can't be a bad thing. Finding that one elusive dram that really floats your boat is what it's all about? I've just come back from Oban and a visit to the distillery and despite others positive comments that whisky did nothing for me despite associations and my love of the town and islands. That said, while there I was lucky enough to try a dram of distillers edition Tobermory, now that was really something memorable for me, salty like nothing I'd ever experienced, but unfortunately way out of my price range. Anyway, I was looking for something salty with some other complex flavours going on and I've definitely got all that with my gamble on Old Pulteney 12. Now experimenting with a drop of water, which isn't really my thing, and - wow - it's a dramatic difference, a whole new whisky again: sweeter, more delicate, quite beautiful in fact. Ok. enough. I'm sold. Money well spent in my humble opinion.

31st August 2014

Perhaps the best value daily sipper...

Excellent price to performance ratio. Old Pulteney 12 offers complexity, quality, and top grade in an affordable and available package. Calling itself the Maritime Malt is no joke, this tastes like the ocean with tropical fruit notes and a great salty-sweet finish. A bargain at under $50 USD (I paid $40) this is an outstanding daily sipper.

10th August 2014

Wow. Just wow

Could well have found my favourite malt. Sweet with a definite hint of fruit/raisins. Very salty which sounds bad but tastes GREAT.
Will always have a bottle of old puteney in from now on. High quality dram.

12th June 2014

Old Pulteney 12Year

Очень приятный,мягкий,вкусный напиток,даю пять баллов из пяти! И всем рекомендую попробовать,не пожалеете!

7th June 2014


After being fairly new to the whisky scene I did my research and found old pulteney to be highly recommended and at a very reasonable price, After ordering the whisky I received an email verifying my purchase and delivery date, the delivery was estimated for the thursday of that week and I was pleasantly surprised when i received it two days early! The packaging was fantastic really high quality and that alone has drawn me back to this site. My first glass of the whisky was unlike any whisky I had tried before(not much experience in finer whiskies). Pulteney had a strong saltiness to it as others have stated, once the bottle had been opened and let to settle in the glass the saltiness died down massively and became a phenomenal and enjoyable drinking experience!!

28th May 2014

People who rate this lowly have no tastebuds.

I'm clueless as to how so many people seem to not like this whisky. Personally, I find it to be much better than many older, more expensive whiskies. At first I was hit with a taste of raisins which I found a bit boring, but just seconds later I detected a delightful toffee/coffee flavor followed by sea breeze and salt which I absolutely love. It's perfectly balanced and very complex for its age. (I'd even say it's more complex than some 18+ year old scotches I've had.) This is definitely a whisky that I will be returning to in the future.

21st May 2014

i liked it ... a lot

was a little afraid to try this after reading some of the reviews, but i'm glad that i did! i really like the 'brininess' of this whisky. the nose is just beautiful (smells like a naturally great-smelling man who decided to put on just a whisper of cologne for a special occasion). i will definitely replace my bottle of old pulteney when it runs out, and am very open to trying the other expressions. salud!

14th May 2014

salty sailor's dram

If you are a sailor, or even Sailor Moon, you will enjoy this, it tastes like someone added salt to a Highland whisky , and some toffee. So if you like the toffee and butterscotch type of taste its worth trying but older age statements have much more depth. Nice bottle as well.

27th April 2014

Too Intense

I have been trying mid-range bottles (up to $40 US) because a bottle of Highland Park was getting to be a bit much every two weeks. I tried it with ice first and it was the worst things I have ever tasted. Tried it without (stones) and it tasted much better. It had a bite, a tongue burning one and it lasts for a few sips before it starts going away. After it goes away, it smoothes out. My recommendation - drink with stones and give it half a big dram or a second dram to judge it.

25th April 2014

Multi-dimensional maritime-ish highland malt

Let it sit before you sample it. Initially a lot of sea breeze on the nose but after a while you get grass and sour fruits. Somewhat of a briny flavor with a hint of burnt toffee and an intriguing salty finish. A drop of water brings out a stronger toffee flavor and softens the finish just right.

19th April 2014


Old Pulteney 12 is more complex than any other 12yo I've experienced. Truly astounding.

2nd April 2014

Too Sharp

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

Excellent Allrounder

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

A real treat!

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

Even the most hardened alcoholic would pass on this

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

very good value

i love the creamy aftertaste

9th January 2014

Get what you pay for

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

Tastes like paraffin mixed with dog dirt

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

Christmas gift

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

Unexpected but worth the try

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

I forgot to rate it

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

Musty is probably salty and herbal pungency

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.

5th December 2013

Too musty

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

Martitime marvel

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

The breakfast of champions

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

Good 7/10

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.

27th September 2013


I have this in my collection !!!!! One of my favorite !!!! Recommend 100%

22nd August 2013

Great Discovery!

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

musty again!

This is the second bottle I have tried that smells like a very damp room in an old house.

27th June 2013

forgot to post my rating in my state of sheer bliss (drinking op 12 right now:)

so here are the stars:)

18th May 2013

one humdinger of a malt

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.

18th May 2013

great stuff

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 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

Tastes Watered Down

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

Cracking, For the price.

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

Terrific 12 year old

Complex 12 year old with a sophisticated finish. Spicy creamy dram with a touch of salt. Must have

13th April 2013

Awesome whisky

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

Single malt

I'll buy 21

7th March 2013

Single malt

Love it !!!!!!

7th March 2013

A great go-to whiskey

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

Spicy, nutty, cheap!

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

Brilliant, Delicious

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

Probably the best 12 yr old Single Malt in the World!

I love this 12yr old! Great taste, you will not be disappointed purchasing this! Beautiful.

30th December 2012

Superb whisky

A brilliant drop for the price. Has a place on my shelf always.

27th December 2012

Favourite for me !

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

Whisky devotee.

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

Great Value

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

Not sure about this one

This one has that salty tang on the finish, think my taste buds require something a bit sweeter

21st September 2012

Watered down grouse with a shake of saxo?

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

Great introduction to single malts

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

Good value for money

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

Value for money

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

Great value for money and a good beginner's whisky?

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

The Chaps

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

Excellent !!!

In my opinion - one of the best!!! Excellent value malt!!!

28th March 2012

maritime masterclass - tuskio

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

Too musty

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

Too musty

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

One of the Best ! - 12 year old Old Pulteney

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

Maritime Malt

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

Ideal Combination - Adam.

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

12 year old Old Pulteney

A delicious excellent value malt - difficult to beat in my opinion

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