Sharp, young, spirity, but also pleasantly sweet, with cotton candy, sweet barley mash, eau de vie and vanilla. Traces of ginger and candied apricots, but the untamed alcohol is just a bit too much.
Much better and more accessible. Now the eau de vie notes are even stronger and very entertaining. I've got an eau de vie distilled from the fruit of European yew trees open (you can find it in Germany) that noses very, very similar! There's the same rooty sweetness, the same resinous note (but not like in older whiskies) and the same complex sour-woody profile. I think this is mainly due to the fresh and salty spirit from Pulteney, not a result from cask maturation. If you give your nose a chance to access this with a bit of time, it's quite rewarding and interesting for such a young malt.
Strong, sour, sweet, young and steamy. You won't get a proper access to this Pulteney without water.
Much better and unfolding on the tongue very nicely. White rum, starting quite simple with sweet vanilla popcorn (yes, it's there), but developing into hints of gentian and damp earth, getting quite rooty after a few seconds in the mouth, even a bit medicinal. I like that quite a lot. What an interesting little Pulteney!
Medium, the rooty notes are gone, but coming back nicely together with white pepper, ginger and lychee.