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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

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

Total ...........

Just purchased bottle 12 year old matured fine American oak. This is not the old pulteney that I have been used to,very disappointed and will not be buying again. I am trying to be polite because I think you have made a mess of this.what have you done. ?

31st August 2020


Not the worst whisky I’ve ever had but a long way off the best. Agree with others that it tastes more like a blend than a single malt. I think you can get far better for the money, even at £25. Wouldn’t buy again.

26th August 2020


I bought a bottle for the first time. A little disappointed given the good reviews seen. A little heavy on the spirit at the first taste. Slightly richer follow through and a slightly salty aftertaste. To be honest, it tasted more like a blended whisky than a malt.

I’ll go back to Glenfarclas 10 year old.

18th August 2020

Harsh notes

Each to their own but this is one of the worst whiskies I've ever had. Gives no pleasure on the palate. Avoid even at £25 a bottle

6th August 2020

Smooth ,mellow, delicous

A Deservedly fine old Malt, Wonderful !

16th July 2020

A proper Highland malt at a good price.

I recently finished a bottle of this, it was very enjoyable. I like Highland and Speyside whiskys, not the Islays. My favourite whisky is Oban and Old Pulteney is similar. Fresh and clean, you can almost taste the salt air.

26th June 2020

For the money its absolutely incredible IMO

Currently my favourite drink, recently tried a 18 year old Glenfiddich and while it was lovely, I still prefer this. So while I'm sure there must still be better for crazy money, for £30 this stuff is amazing.

22nd June 2020

Amazing Whisky

This has become my goto whisky. Such a smooth easy drink. Amazing!

18th June 2020


Ok whisky. I’m not getting all the flavours from previous reviews but it is very smooth going down. Wouldn’t buy again.

11th June 2020

Beautiful whiskey , 12 yrs old Putney

Just been bought this one , 12 year old , first Pultney whiskey I've had and it seriously won't be the last . Smooth and just a divine finish to follow .

6th June 2020

Very pleasing Highland single malt.

My son gifted me this exquiste highland whiskey when I retired from the Fire Deparment after 33 years. It was the first time I have had it and it is now one my go tos. I find the clear light golden color very pleasing. The nose to me has some vanilla, and some of the advertised sea elements. It is very smooth from start to finish, and I particularly enjoy the taste at mid tongue, with some subtle citrus and spice. The finish is dry with no harshness as you swallow.

22nd May 2020

I absolutely love this whisky. Neat in a nice glass. You just want more and more. No thinking required, Just enjoy it.

Fabulously moreish

21st May 2020

Delicately sweet

A palatable sweet whisky. Delicate flavours with notes of butterscotch.

5th May 2020

It does what it says on the bootle

For the price you pay you will enjoy a excellent 12 year old Unfortunately I am not able to pick out the different ingredients But what I can pick out is a bloody good malt at competitive price in the malt market keep it going

8th February 2020


Lovely smooth taste. Great value malt whiskey

8th February 2020

Terrific value

At $40 a bottle this is a very good 12yr okd.
It has a sweetness not found in single malts
of this price range. I’m partial to highland/speyside single malts and this one
is hard to beat

4th December 2019

Excellent, a true maritime malt!

From the initial pour you get a hint of sea salt...light vanilla, chocolate overtones, finishes incredibly clean, with a lemon zest finish on your day palate.

8th November 2019

Very good to my taste .. not too peaty


17th October 2019

Smooth, complex, very interesting.

Just tried first encounter with Old Puteney in Scottish hotel. This is going to be this year's new year whiskey.

27th September 2019

Superb single malt

Very good single malt. Well rounded. Good value as well.

10th August 2019


This has to be one of the best Whisky's for the price. The flavor is very sweet, notes of vanilla, butterscotch and lots of amaretto notes. It smells nice, but the flavor really hits the mark. Excellent.

12th June 2019

Very good value for the money

This one was a one of my first bottles when I was started my whisky adventure... I love it

29th May 2019

Superb value

The complexity and excellence of this malt is outstanding for its price point and an easy 5 star. The nose opens with a huge sweet honey influence, which gives way to oak, vanilla and sea air. On the palate, there’s chocolate and more oak, before the salinity and citrus notes of this whisky really start to open up on the tongue and finally a peppery spice influence develops. The finish is medium, but what it lacks in length is more than compensated by incredible complexity. The citrus really plays out in the finish, with the salt staining the tongue, which gives way to chocolate eclair sweetness at the last.

25th April 2019

Very good

Really nice single malt

1st February 2019

An excellent single malt.

Almost same as the former one, but I feel bit more character in this one. Just add less drops of water and wait few minutes more than usual before you drink and feel the difference - excellent. By the way nothing could be better for the price.

31st January 2019

Same taste as Huddart but...

Same taste as Huddart but more defined and less harsh. Still not good enough to gain more than a three out of five which is the same grade I gave Huddart

19th September 2018

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