Whisky Review: SMWS 52.32 Old Pulteney 2007 12 Years Old “Highly Entertaining”

Style: Sweet, waxy and spicy

Nose:
Cutting through a prickling and dense peppermint fog, we reach a candlewax-sealed door which insulates layers of orange, poppyseed cake and limoncello. Side notes are deeply buried by the spirit spice. Lemon aloe vera gradually opens up, white grapes, red chilli shreds placed on the top. Distant diesel smoke, faint scent of barbeque grilled shrimps wavering in the air. Slightly muted, but a rather clean nose.

Palate:
Much more expressive on the palate, sweet explosion of citrus fruits at the front. Thick candlewax coating around a tropical fruits salad. The Highland waxiness is similar to Clynelish, but different. Soft floral fragrance, lime overtone, potpourri, Botrytis, coconut butter mixes with barley. Going slightly creamy towards the end. A touch of salt, imaginary peat, finish with another citrus zing.

Finish:
Soft notes of mangoes, canned pineapples and orange blossom scented candle with medicinal herbs.

Thoughts:
For me, there is always something special about Pulteney. Partly because it is one of my earliest whiskies, but mostly because of the balance between the distillate citrus and Highland waxiness is quite unique and charming. Different to how Clynelish does it, and probably it is designed to be bottled at 46%, but young Old Pulteney at higher strength can be also, as the name suggests, highly entertaining. It is probably not the most-hyped distillery, but this is a dram I like to spend a lazy afternoon with it. Close to one star.

✓+ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

[58.2%| 2007 Distilled| Independent Bottling| Single Cask| Cask Strength| 245 Bottles| 1st Fill Bourbon Cask| T+]

Esmond

Whisky Review: Old Pulteney Sherry Wood 18 Years Old Single Cask #1500 

Style: Sweet and Sherry

Nose:
Dense, jammy strawberry sharpened by peppermint spice. Dark chocolate, immensely sweet and spicy. Digging deeper you find drier, salty malt at the core. The aroma is still a bit closed, more chilli spice thrusts in, wood smoke, raisin chocolate almonds finishes with a touch of brine.

Palate:
A bite of peppermint herb followed by delightful strawberry daiquiri. Cedar wood, leather and Shisha molasses, while some smokiness managed to escape from the endless and boundless sherry cavalcade. Fluffy vanilla cream joins the ranks, we have strawberry ice cream now. Menthol and tingling tannins. Plenty of demerara with subtle fisherman’s friends. Oily, malty and lip-smacking sherry.

Finish:
Dazzling red fruits, more chilli layering, hot but sweet and delicious.

Thoughts:
True classic sherry bomb, a dizzying array of red fruits in this dram. Personally I like to see more of the distillate which is in this case overwhelmed by the sea of sherry, but in terms of tastiness, there is really nothing you can complain about. Another red fruits delight which can put a big smile on Sherry lovers.

☆ [Recommended]

[58.8% • 2001 Bottled • 1983 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number: 1500 • Bottle Number: 263]

-Esmond

Tasted at Whisky and Alement, Melbourne.

Dram Review: 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.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

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!

Nose:

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.

Thoughts:

Fine and dry.

☆ [Recommended]

Nicholas

Dram Review: Old Pulteney 35 Years Old

[42.5%・35 Years Old・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Definitely some age from the sherry influence on the nose, it’s quite subtle though with the faintest hints of raisins and softly toasted almonds.
Musky orange blossom and pear nectar with a tiny pinch of sea salt. Black pepper and nibbles of dark chocolate.

Palate & Finish:

Initially it’s creamy on the palate and slightly salty. Not unexpected out of an offering from Wick. Then slowly come the jammy pears and plums with a hint of vanilla. The raisin note is there but it is not overly sweet. The spices are present and they cradle the tastebuds instead of seeking to excite, tender but they last well into the finish.

A soft hint of cinnamon in the finish with a delicate whiff of smoke in the background.
The woodiness is not too dominant despite its age and in fact it complements well in a mesmerising manner.
Having this dram at the end of the day is how I imagine getting a soft head massage from a loving wife would be like. Virtue and modesty do enlighten her charms.

Thoughts:

A.K.A. “Virtue and modesty do enlighten her charms”

To me, it’s all about the experience. Sometimes I get to spend some time with a dram that doesn’t come across very often and it leaves a deep impression. I just count myself lucky when these moments happen.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Old Pulteney 21 Years Old

[46.0%・21 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2013-2015・Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

Absolutely lovely aroma. Refreshing citrus spices leading way, followed closely by creamy vanilla and sweet cocoa powder with a touch of sea breeze. Beautiful oaky notes in the backend charred to perfection. Absolutely on point.

Palate & Finish:

Notes of vanilla sweetness and lemon jam hit first upon the first sip, then the delicate spices start to dance playfully on your tastebuds, a sprinkle of sea salt to support the melody.

A slightly peppery finish with a touch of wood bitterness and smoke to balance the sweetness on the palate. Not a kick to the face but rather a bite on the lip by an absolute gorgeous.
Don’t ever change.

Thoughts:

A.K.A. “The Old Sport”

This is probably one of my favourite staple drams to have at home.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

Nicholas