Old Pulteney 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Cask
Stated Age
26 years old
American & Spanish Oak, Peaty Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
World Duty Free and Heathrow Airport
Added on
18 Oct 2017 2:59 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 353.27

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103 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1990

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.38 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The logical continuation of the 23-year-old 1990s, who has also experienced a finish in barrels in which previously tormented whisky was. The proximity to this unusual for Pulteney bottling is clearly greater than the 25-year-old Pulteney. Obviously not only the 25-year-old was finished, but rather the barrels of the 23-year-old 1990s have been matured for a few years. Anyway, this Pulteney is characterized by a very clear flavor presentation with a basic freshness.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Very coastal! Herbs, salt, a very fresh sea breeze. Behind the coastal flavors, the Burbon Fassaromen, vanilla, sherry and the plump peatyness show up. The relationship to the 23-year-old 1990s is clearly greater than that of the new 25-year-old Pulteney.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth of this Pulteney comes immediately very coastal and now the peat notes are equal in the foreground. Unusual for a Pulteney and more intense than the 23-year-old 1990s variant. The fine, yet intense (2. Jugend!) Altersprickeln comes to it and the longer the malt is in the glass, the more intense in the second wave, the sherry and Bourbon Fassaromen and some hard-polished wood.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finale also remains maritime-peaty, the wood is now more pronounced, the age-sherry aromas are also present. Herbs and salt prove the origin. Dense, very dense.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Textbook Pulteney with a nice smoky note that I would rather put to wood smoke than peat smoke.

    Would love to have this CS, 46% tame it down too much imho. Still a nice dram but with a stupid price.

    Tasted at the whisky club.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. sad1977 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Too much oak. An attempt to correct by an additional extract in a peat barrel only brought chaos to the aroma.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla, sea breeze, toffee, honey and orange marmalade, applesauce, menthol and a hint of ginger
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, oily, raisins, sourdough, orange juice, limes, honey, caramel sweets, chocolate truffles, vanilla, round and delicious
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warming, vanilla, a touch of ginger, a lot of caramel, some oak and chocolate

  5. wako93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very maritime malt. Salty and herbal notes. Both the notes of bourbon (vanilla, caramel) and the sherry come through (rather nutty and creamy). The whole thing is carried by the beautiful smoke.

  6. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A typical Old Pulteney, maritime, salty, with expressive notes of wood and herbs, the delicate smoky note is a pleasant companion and variety at the same time. Compared to the 23-year-old, I find it a bit too overstrained, especially the acidic component stands out to me a bit too much. Nonetheless a beautiful entangled Old Pulteney - 28.06.2019
    • Nose
      Very maritime and salty, yeast, sourdough, full citrus and orange aroma, the bitterness of lemon ice, in the background is some toffee and vanilla, also a bit sour with a slight tendency to turpentine or solvent, the delicate-smoky bacon flashes every now and then, roasted pine nuts and pistachio
    • Taste
      First impression is fruity-sweet and maritime smoky flavor, mandarin, honeydew melon, ginger, fresh herbs, the barrels are immediately present, spicy, dry beech wood, bad olive oil, vitamin sweet, absolutely interwoven, salty
    • Finish

  7. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The whisky pretty much does a lot right. Complex, just the right alcohol strength and a long finish. I would have wished for a little more fruitiness than the 21-year-old, but that's complaining on a high level.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Solvent at the very beginning, then honey and spices. A little sour and clearly maritime associations. Peach, bread, vanilla, salt and later chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Starts sweet and soft, then becomes more spicy and the maritime notes come back. Honey and salt. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long finish. Now smoke also appears more clearly. Also spicy, slightly bitter. Pepper, malt and nut. Still well integrated alcohol.

  8. YuraLM scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Strong saturated coffee, dark chocolate, has clear cognitive profile
    • Nose
      Coffee, Toffee, light bitter, wood, black berries, black chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, chicory, dark honey, chocolate icecream
    • Taste
      Coffee, light spices, dark chocolate, Toffee, black berries, middle lenght
    • Finish
      Long, spices, light bitter, coffee, dark chocolate

  9. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    tasted as a blind sample.

    Nice, old school nose, but not overwhelming. Hints of smoke, no peat smoke.

    Warming and charming in the mouth, quite some smokey wood, sherry and bourbon wood. No off notes, not that complex, but easy quaffable.

    Medium short finish.

    All in all, not a stunner for me. Old Pulteney is not my preferred cup of tea.

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very pleasant, smooth, well-balanced whisky, there is also a breadth of palette and depth, a harmony of oak, salt, sweet-creamy and industrial notes.
    • Nose
      Discreet, moist, bright woody and mineral-salty shades, carpentry, light lacquer notes, wool, creamy caramel tones, green grass, lemon wedge in tea, coated tablets.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, sweet-creamy notes, framed by spicy wood, a little varnish, bark astringency, salty-mineral tones, more industrial notes in development, acrid mineral shades, radish, light smoky echoes.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, oak, lemon peel in tea, creamy candy motifs with an admixture of mineral-salty and nutty notes, fondant, mineral water, ash.


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