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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Bottling Note

The 12 year old expression from Old Pulteney released in mid-2018 was entirely aged in bourbon casks, resulting in a heavy influence of bourbon sweetness - which helps to balance the characteristic coastal salinity of the whisky. An excellent introduction to Old Pulteney (though well worth a look even if you've already been introduced).

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Honeycomb, vanilla tablet, soft sawdust oakiness and oatcakes.

Palate: Chocolate peanuts, mint, citrus peels, maritime elements and white pepper.

Finish: Toffee, brine and lemon.

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Reviews

What have you done to my boy?

I remember liking OP12 but it's not the same anymore. Here we go:
Nose: A bit of moonshine, and that's it.
Palate: No, not really.
Finish: Actually has hints of whisky.
So in conclusion we have a cheap 12yo that's still not worth the money and despite it's weak 40% only smells of alcohol. Wow

16th May 2021

The Meursault of whisky?

This reminds me of a fine Meursault. This is pure, firm and lush at the same time, nicely aromatic, lighter to medium bodied, has a slightly stiff veneer on top and marvelous oily ripe banana, oatmeal and slight oak/vanilla note in the palate and retour. Talk about moreish. If this has a maritime/salty component it is well mixed into the bouquet and palate and supports/counterpoints everything marvelously.

15th May 2021

Really fine sipper....a winner.

oily, honey sweet buttery salty pepper at the end.

19th April 2021

It’s The Single Malt I’ve Been Seeking, All My Life

My palate is not particularly sophisticated. But is describe my beloved Old Pultney 12 YO as sipping warm melted butter. After trying dozens of single malts I was introduced to Old Pultney at a tasting held at my club. It was love at first sip. What a joy it is to pour a wee bit, and slowly sip and savor while overseeing the grill or enjoying the calm of the evening or night sky.

17th April 2021

Very nice indeed

Vanilla, citrus and dark chocolate. A really nice dram at a great price.

14th March 2021

great value

Dark chocolate, citrus honey and a coastal hint, at a great price.

13th March 2021


Buttery and slighlty sea salt caramel chocolate vibe. The sides of the tongue get a beautiful oily texture. Smells fantastic and tastes even better.

Worth every penny

7th March 2021

I love this, the nose alone with the sea spray but without the peaty medicinal notes makes me happy

Nose: malted grain, beautiful fresh sea spray (this is why I love it.)
Palate: Simple, rounded, straight forward. Oily, not straight honey but more honey nut cheerios with cream
Finish: A light salted toffee

2nd March 2021

Another classic. Akin to the Classic Laddie!

If you like the saltiness and spice of something like Bruichladdich than this one if also for you!

22nd January 2021

Clean, pure malt at a sensible price.

Tonight I went to a few uber-fancy malls with some friends in a far Eastern megacity and while looking for a restaurant to give us a sit-down, I picked up a bottle of this. Back home this used to one of my favourite drams to start the night with. So I got it home and...nothing. Thin. Almost pointless.
I realised it was far too cold and lifeless, so I poured boiling water into a Glencairn, waited a couple of minutes, then poured the water out, added a generous measure of whisky and used a horn spoon to aerate.
THIS is the OP I remember. :-)
I think of Highland single malts as the unsung heroes of the whisky world. While people bang on about the peatiness of this or the mouth-searing intensity of that, Highland malts, particularly unsherried Highland malts (and especially young, unsherried Highland malts) tend to get overlooked. Of course, we all wish we could dine with a 45 year old Glenfarclas on the side, but there is a lot to be said for the...well the purity of malts like OP12, Royal Lochnagar 12, anCnoc 12.
This is soft. It is light. A little sweet. The bourbon is subtle. The saltiness is subtle too. What you get is the taste of high quality malted barley. Believe me, it is enough!
This is a calming dram. A fireside dram. A dram to remind you that not everything needs to be turned up to eleven to be wonderfully enjoyable. I am extremely glad I bought this again.
I would also point out that it has far less common now than it should be for anyone who enjoys good whisky to go back to a favourite brand ten years later and not feel disappointment.

16th December 2020

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