Aged Old Pulteney is hard to come by, especially if you’re looking to taste Pulteney that was distilled before the 1990’s. But getting your hands on an Old Pulteney 23 Years Old Bourbon Cask will do the trick.
Seeing as this bottling was released in 2007 (I believe as a Travel Retail Exclusive?), it means the spirit was distilled in the early eighties, no later than 1984.
Old Pulteney 23 Years Old (43%, OB, Bourbon Cask)
Nose: Somewhat dusty and closed at first. This needs a little time, but then develops into aromas of vanilla (and lots of it), Granny Smith apple, peach, white grapes and a whiff of cotton candy. There’s some burlap, and a fair amount of oak too. Delicate. Quite good actually. Taste: The body is surprisingly good at just 43 percent. Sweet red apple, peach, grapes. A touch of white pepper and bitter oak. Some pomelo too. Very similar to the nose, maybe a little less sweet. Finish: Medium in length, building on the flavours already described. Plus a pinch of salt.
Not spectacular, but a very solid Old Pulteney. A little higher in strength, and who knows?