Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
22 yrs American Oak + 3yrs Oloroso Sherry
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L17/282 R17/5353 IB
Added on
07 Oct 2017 9:21 am by Dominique69

Average value

€ 370,44

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65 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 25-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.40 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    The new 25-year-old Pulteney is, after the first hours together, it is said with a clear conscience, characterized by enormous density of flavor: malt, wax, berry sweetness, herbs, salt spray. The light bourbon and darker berry fruits play flavors ping-pong. A "Pulteney concentrate".
    Compared to the 21-year-old "predecessor" the 25-year-old looks even denser, the tingling is more intense, without being obtrusive, the sherry and dark fruit notes develop over the course of their own beautiful life. The "bourbonfasshaft-malty-maritime" basic characteristics but always sets the tone.
    • Nose
      The smell of the new 25-year-old Pulteney is characterized by an enormously sweet maltiness. And yes, the second key also comes with a few wax notes. The sea surf and herbal notes (rosemary, thyme) remain present.
    • Taste
      Waxy, herbs, bourbon vanilla, sherry, juicy berries. Nice mint, pleasant tingling. The herbs and a light salt spray mist follow later. Also this Pulteney is characterized by a very nice clarity in the flavor presentation; there is nothing blurry.
    • Finish
      In the finish, this 25-year-old malt turns from the bourbon vanilla and sherry notes to the thyme, marjoram and sea beach flavors. Very full and pleasant.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla Custard

    The Old Pulteney 25 Year Old matured in American oak for the first 22 years and was then allowed three more on oloroso sherry casks. It’s the successor of the Old Pulteney 21 Year Old that was named best whisky in the world by Jim Murray once upon a time.

    Lovely nose on sweet malt and dark honey, upholstered by apricots and blood oranges. It is nicely waxy, to be honest. Mango and peach kick in. Pineapple appears. Slowly but surely this turns into a tropical fruit stew. Some pastry appears as well. Fruit pie with some cinnamon and vanilla custard. Nice!

    Wonderfully sweet on vanilla, peach, gooseberries and mandarins. In the meantime, a whole rack of spices is presented: pepper, ginger, cinnamon and some mint. On the palate it is waxy as well, which I find quite attractive. And despite all the sweetness – that really captures your attention – the maritime traits of this malt remain to be discovered in the background. A bit of a salty note appears towards the end.

    The finish is sweet, zesty and drying with some salt at the death.
    Impressive Old Pulteney that thanks its character mostly to the bourbon casks. The sherry was quite discreet. Around 350 EUR, though.

  3. RL_whisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    First impression is closed and complex, but give this about half an hour and it is completely transformed. The chocolate and sweet note come to the front. Very nice oloroso finish combination with the solid bourbon base.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. lybw9566 scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    The smell is very delicate, fresh and enjoyable. But the taste of the oak is too heavy, the overall taste is not complicated, the layering is weak, compared to other excellent OBs of the same winery, this 25yo obviously can not replace the brilliant 21
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very delicate and delicate, with lilies, citrus, peaches, a hint of oak mixed berries and dark chocolate, and a pleasant and sour fruit.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The feeling of Shirley barrels dominates, followed by the sweetness of oak and malt, covering a bitter taste. Dried fruit and raisins gradually evolved into herbal scent, and licorice and rhubarb wrap the sweet and sour of citrus.
    • Finish
      83 83
      In the middle, the bitterness of the oak is somewhat heavy, and the pepper and licorice are lingering around the tongue.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very delicious single malt. I love it. Again a bit better than the already good, but also ridiculously expensive, 21er.
    • Nose
      Nice mix of freshness and age. Forest honey. Sugar beets. Quittengelee. Peach ice tea. Some moss. Implied wax. Then a freshness as you know it from citrus fruits. Wet wooden pier (sea). Nutmeg.
    • Taste
      First creamy. Caramel. Apricot jam. Apricot dumplings. A little raspberry. Then it tingles nicely on the tongue. Ginger. Shower rods. Green tea. Wood notes.
    • Finish
      Grapefruit. Hay. Chocolate with pieces of orange.

  7. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wonder whisky, perfectly balanced from start to finish
    • Nose
      Beautiful fruity aromas, mangoes, pineapples and peaches. The sweet side is in full swing with classic notes of Old Pulteney honey and beeswax.
    • Taste
      Wood spices of cinnamon and ginger with a tongue coating of syrup from tinned pineapple slices. Subtle oak notes coming in with a touch of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long and slightly drying with a touch of Wick sea breeze.

  8. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Peach, honey, brown sugar, apricot, chocolate, ginger, cherries, raisins and maritime

  9. The Macallan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: soft, mellow, fruity, nutty (macadamia)
    P: sweet, lots of spiced fruit with an oaky touch
    F: spiced like; bayleaves, slightly warming and some sweetness
    C: a soothing and relaxing dram

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [Old] Pulteney do have NAS expressions but they remain committed to age statements. The range however is seeing a switch-around. Gone is the 21yo, replaced by the 25yo [at double the price mind you]. In 2018, OP will introduce a 15yo and an 18yo. The 12 yo will remain unaffected. This 25yo has seen 22 years in bourbon before 3 years in oloroso first fill. Due for release,… doh, i missed the scoop!


    C: I always found the 17yo just right and the 21yo a tad over-cooked. So now we have that 21yo ’finished’ for a further four years, inevitably ‘premiumised’ and subsequently double the price. I find it not at all shabby and thankfully the finish isn’t too obtrusive. It would seem the new 15 and 18yo coming out in the new year will help establish a three tier range for Pulteney, providing the wealthy/affluent with the over-priced 25yo and [occasional] supermarket shoppers with the decent 12yo, leaving malt heads to enjoy the cream of the crop in the middle. Let’s hope eh? Scores a B


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