Old Pulteney 17yo

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.

Rating: 87

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.

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