Old Pulteney 21 Years Old (2015)
I didn’t expect to be this sad about the discontinuation of a whisky, but I guess I’m more emotionally attached to Old Pulteney than I thought. Time for a review of the Old Pulteney 21 Years Old, which will be scrapped from their core range.
Regular readers of this blog might already know about my love for Old Pulteney. If you didn’t, well, now you do. The Old Pulteney 17 Years Old, which will also disappear, I hold especially dear to my heart. It was after all, the whisky that pushed me over the edge. I’d been drinking whisky for some time, but not until I bought the Old Pulteney 17 did I realize how special whisky can actually be.
Now, I wasn’t planning on doing an Old Pulteney review. I barely ever plan my reviews. So when I opened my sample drawer (which holds 150 or so samples), I saw it as a sign when the first one I pulled out was of the Old Pulteney 21 Years Old. I just had to write about it.
Old Pulteney 21 Years Old (46%, OB, 2015)
Nose: Creamy vanilla with freshly cut sour apples, pineapple, oranges and feint wood shavings. A small amount of candle wax, nougat and fudge as well. wonderfully balanced.
Taste: Velvety with oranges, lemon peel and a fair bit of salt. Classic. Some furniture polish, with cinnamon and pepper. Plenty of depth and the drinking strength is excellent at 46 percent.
Finish: Subtle spices, oak and vanilla. Medium to long.
Whisky is emotion, and Old Pulteney is emotion to me. This has been such an important malt in my whisky journey, it sort of makes me sad drinking this with the knowledge it will soon disappear of shelves forever.
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.