Finally, a Pulteney that I actually enjoy! This one’s a bit of an oddball: it’s got such a pretty nose, but the palate has that heavy, savoury, old-school, funky richness that I often enjoy in older bourbon-cask malts. I definitely wouldn’t have guessed this was a Pulteney if I was poured this blind; it reminds me most of Craigellachie or something. It’s not something I’d drink every day, but it’s interesting and tasty, and that’s as much as you can ask for.
Nose: Sweet and plush. Lots of coconut water, Fuzzy Peaches (the candy), yellow plums, orange zest, and banana. Sweet vanilla pastry cream, toffee, and lightly-toasted marshmallow. A hint of eucalyptus and some fragrant wood. There’s maybe a bit of funky briny flavour in here. More time brings out dried flowers and candied citrus peel.
Palate: Medium-thick texture. Peach pie a la mode, then suddenly savoury! I think it’s bonito flake, or maybe miso? Something I’d expect from a good bowl of ramen. Savoury malted barley and mushrooms, as well as mint, wool, green wood, tobacco, eucalyptus, metal, and oak. Some bitter orange in there along with more green coconuts. Vanilla and more mushrooms on the back end. A hint of char.
Finish: Most of the savouriness lifts, and it rounds back into oak, vanilla and this time some creamy chocolate. A bit of seaweed. Lingering powdered sugar, lemon zest, yellow plums, coconut water, black pepper, and chalk.