Old Pulteney 12 Year Old is largely considered to be one of the best value drams on the market, but somehow many still have never heard of it. Aged solely in ex-bourbon casks; what makes it unique is the impact of the maritime environment of the distillery’s warehouses along the North Atlantic coast. The salty, brine sea air is said to influence the flavours of Old Pulteney’s whiskies… let’s find out how much.
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old
Category: Single Malt
Bottle Code: L16/024 R16/5029 IB 14:04
Mashibill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Ex-Bourbon Cask Matured
Review & Tasting Notes – Old Pulteney 12
Nose: Opens with a punch of sweet and umammi notes. The nose opens with oak and briney vegetal freshness that together remind me of seaweed and driftwood. Next comes a light marzipan sweetness and some lime peel that with the oak remind me of chardonnay. Pretty bold notes to this whisky.
The addition of water brings out more citrus and tartness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nicely crisp and dry without being sharp.
Palate: Opens with strong citrus and oak that tapers off into a comfortable nutty, maltiness. There’s a pleasant zestiness midway.
The palate becomes more rounded and balanced with the addition of water.
Finish: Short finish. Starts sweet and dry but becomes more vegetal (green tea) and ends with oak.
I like my whiskies to have bold flavours and complexity. For an entry level malt, the Old Pulteney 12 Year Old offers enough to hold my interest. I could see myself drinking this from time to time and I’ve recommended it to some friends unfamiliar with it.
With that said, I’m sure many people would scratch their heads at the flavour rollercoaster. I suggest you try this one before you buy a bottle.
Personally, I would love to see the flavours amplified in a cask strength bottling.