Old Pulteney 17 Years Old (2015)
This is the whisky that pushed me over the edge. I had been drinking whisky for a bit, but it wasn’t until I brought home an Old Pulteney 17yo from Gatwick years ago, that I really learnt the beauty Scotch single malt whisky.
I have to admit that I haven’t owned a bottle of the 17yo in recent years, but when I was looking to buy some samples a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t pass up the chance to revisit my first true whisky love. And if it’s still not clear, I have an emotional attachment to Pulteney. Which is also something for you to keep in mind when you read my tasting notes.
Old Pulteney 17yo (46%, OB)
Nose: Soft oranges and lemon curd with a sprinkle of salt, which is signature Pulteney for me. Some lime zest and melon in the background, with freshly cut grass as well.
Taste: Coconut, vanilla and lemons, followed by brine/salt, some white pepper and porridge. Also a sweet nuttiness, like honey glazed almonds.
Finish: Lemon and sea salt. Touch of salmon. Good length.
It’s great to see that years after I last tasted this, it holds up. I feel it is one of the better distillery bottlings in its age bracket.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.