Dram Review: Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage

[46%・Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2013・23 Years Old・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

I will be writing about the distillery soon, but first, a dram of this rather limited release at a bar. It may be surprising to most people, but Pulteney Distillery only uses 100% unpleated barley across its current range. So long story short, people who might expect a good old OP are in for a treat with this lightly peated expression!


Fresh cream on the nose with a mellow semi-dried muscat note. There is a fascinating honey sweetness swirled with vanilla. Subtle anise and earthiness in the background with a wee citrus zing. A touch of smoke on the back end.

Palate & Finish:

Light raisins on the palate with a wee pineapple note. The surprisingly dry earthy peat is rather astounding. Smooth vanilla sugar infused with citrus elements.

The mouth drying peat note carries on in the finish with plenty of youthful tropical citrus notes.


Fine and dry.

☆ [Recommended]