First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney Distilled 1969

[43%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 2006・37 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

A crisp pear sweetness mingles with the salty and brine-y note.  Lime zest infused within the salted caramel swirl.  Classic Old Pulteney but with the age it fares even more balanced and tender, with an even mix of maltiness and vague seaweed note in the background.

Palate & Finish:

Candied pears with a captivating creaminess from the malted barley, the gentle fruit nectar blossoms into something truly beautiful.

The finishing is brief with the fructose lingering, the interaction with the malt is light and pretty.

Thoughts:

For something this gentle and pleasing, I would argue it does not have to be extravagant like the age perhaps suggests.  It can just be a much relished drop from a bygone era.

-Nicholas