Old Pulteney 1990 10 Years Old (Hart Brothers)
Time for another Old Pulteney. Seeing as this is (one of) my favourite distilleries, I’d be crazy not to review a Pulteney every once in a while. This particular one is the Old Pulteney 1990 10 Years Old from Hart Brothers.
I’ve tasted quite a few Old Pulteney from this vintage, but never quite as young as this one. To be honest, you don’t often encounter ’em this young. Although I do have an even younger one from Malts of Scotland waiting to be opened one day.
Like most single cask Old Pulteney on the market, this Hart Brothers-release matured in an ex-bourbon cask.
Old Pulteney 1990 10 Years Old (57,8%, Hart Brothers)
Nose: Very shy, a bit closed-off at first. There’s a whiff of banana and lemon, also some vanilla. Yeah, now we’re getting somewhere. More like the Pulteney that I know and love. A whiff of lime, galia melon, and slightly nutty too.
Taste: Signature Pulteney. Lemon, orange zest, a pinch of salt. Some vanilla and pepper too. Finally coconut shavings and some ginger.
Finish: The spices linger, followed by salt and green apples.
When it comes to Old Pulteney, I just can’t help myself. I find it simply delicious, apparently at any age.
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.