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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).

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

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

Wonderfully smooth, tasty, and great value.

One of the very best whiskeys at 12 years of age and in the $50 price range ever! In fact this is the best $40 and under Scotch whisky I have ever tasted and I have to taste it between 50 and 60 scotch whiskies at various prices from $25 - $200. It is So smooth with tastes of honey, vanilla, oak, Apple, and light sea salt. The combination is Wonderful! Even my wife enjoyed it and she is not a big drinker. This is highly recommended. At $40 it is a great price. If you can find it for $35 and under I recommend you get multiple bottles. This is easily a 4 star scotch. For the price it is 5 stars.

25th November 2020

Drink on the rocks or mix with your other favorite drinks using whiskey

Some forward fruit and vanilla notes coax you into actually tasting the entry level Old Pulteney. Rich peat and citrus are subtle but wonderful parts of taste or mixing with other drinks and the same solid finish still has simmering memories of citrus.

24th November 2020

1st taste of old pulteney .

Had a bottle bought for my birthday well impressed nice and smooth with a lovely briney aftertaste.

17th November 2020

An excellent introductory whiskey

An excellent whiskey. The best Highlands whiskey I've had the pleasure to taste - great value of it's price. My favorite whiskeys tend to be the Islay whiskeys, but Old Pulteney is a delight. I would also say that it's a great whiskey to use as an introductory whiskey to someone who's only had the blended swill, and formed their opinion on whiskey on that.

Recently introduced just such a person to Old Pulteney 12 yo, and got a great reaction - a convert to good whiskey. I'm baffled by the few low star reviews. Maybe they were unlucky and got some bad batch?

14th November 2020

very inconsistent

too great a variation from one bottle to another - generally pleasant enough Highland daily sippers, with light sweet nose and buttered honey, but some bottles are offensive with harsh medicinal alcohol nose and throat burn as only length

14th October 2020

Lovely Whisky

... wanted to try and was not disappointed ... very nice whisky and very well described on the box .. would definitely buy this again .. best whisky I've had in a while ...

11th October 2020

A bit inconsistent

Nose - Honey
Palette - Less honey, more grainy
Finish - Warm, longish, mostly warming alcohol.
I have found this whisky inconsistent. Some bottles wonderfully honeyed. Others a bit rough. Decent enough whisky, even at its worst.

10th October 2020

Drink with something salty like peanuts.

Drinking right now.

I only buy this when my local shop runs out of Port Askaig and Glengoyne and have drunk before, without joy and always thought was a bit boring.

However I accidentally discovered the way this can really shine is to drink it with something salty to accompany. It really brings out the flavours very well somehow.

There's some butterscotch, Werther's type sweetness which becomes very pronounced with the salt and seaweedyness.

Highly recommend.

6th October 2020


Staggered at some of the good reviews on here. Not a good whisky at all. So many better 12 year olds out there

3rd October 2020

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