Overall rating
88.20/100
votes
73
Whiskybase ID
WB111048
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
26.08.1998
Bottled
15.03.2018
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Casknumber
Batch 18/001
Number of bottles
528
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
A vatting of 2 casks
Added on
17 apr 2018 3:38 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 166.75

22 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Old Pulteney 1998 GM

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.20 points.

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A smelling malt. In the best single-malt age. Fruity freshness meets Alterseichenreife and Pulteney-Meeresstrandaromen. This 19-year-old 1998's Pulteney by Gordon & MacPhail joins the ranks of the outstanding Bourbon barrel-malts from Wick.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, grapes, kiwi. A little raw cake dough. Oak and some sea salt. The longer in the glass, the stronger comes the extremely interesting kiwi oak.
    • Taste
      Heavy, oily, again intensely tingling. Oak, sea salt, beach, Pulteney glory. Grapes, vanilla and kiwi come in reverse order to the nose. The sea salt pregnant oak wort remains decisive. Here, in contrast to the 12-year-old 1998s-Pulteney by G & M from the 1st-Fill-Bourbon keg, the age maturity is noticeable. The 46% are not too weak for this malt; a pleasant drinking strength with reserves.
    • Finish
      The finish also provides a nice interplay between Alterseichenreife, grape sweetness, vanilla and kiwi flavor.

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  3. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Styrian Spirit finds Kiwi in all areas. I don't know if I can go along with that specifically, but I understand what is meant. The fruity "funk" that emanates from it is quite unusual. And that is a nice feature of this otherwise really good Bourbon maturation. Well done G&M!

    Full review in a flight of six bourbon cask matured Old Pulteney: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/20/ex-bourbon-old-pulteney/

  4. mnljng scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. BuzzT scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting Pulteney!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus oil, mineral salt associations, fermented aromas, malty-sweet, interesting, if slightly artificial.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fat-oily, spicy, vanilla sauce. More and more fruity over time. Great development.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Great long finish, gentle ripe fruit, but gone relatively quickly.

  9. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Abadon05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A great and complex nose, but then what? Both the taste and the finish are rather flat and uncomplex. A classic Pulteney to some extent, but the salty taste rarely or not at all.
    A malt for the nose, but unfortunately not more. There are definitely better Pulteneys out there, especially from GM.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, honey, apricot and some spice / alcohol dominate.
      After a few minutes, heather appears in the background. This becomes much more intense and dominated over time. The apricots then go more in the direction of mirabelle plums and a great aroma of yellow fruits such as mango, honeydew melon and pear emerges. Beautiful and varied as well as complex and changeable.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Mild and surprisingly little or no sweetness. A lot more was also expected based on the nose, especially in terms of the aromas.
      But hardly any can be heard, even after a certain time. A little pear, apricot and a little honey can be felt in the mouth after 20 seconds. The following sips get spicier, but that's about it.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dry, slightly sweet with little oak and grain.
      Again, no comparison to the nose. A little spice, but nothing more. Short to medium-length finish.

  12. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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.

  13. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Banzai scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Fresh apple pie, pear and vanilla on the palate. Extremely refreshing as it swirls in your mouth. Gets more creamy and zesty as it sits in the Glencairn. A very nice dram from a very underrated distillery

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Beautiful malt from the bourbon barrel. The typical fruitiness often associated with malts from the BC adds some fresh and mineral notes. For my taste, the fruit in the mouth should be a little more luscious and the malt be a little bulkier overall. Nevertheless, a delicious malt.

  18. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is right up my alley, and if you're fond of Pulteney, you can't go wrong with this.
    • Nose
      Nice fruity and slightly chalky aromas, with whispers of resin and pine needles. Think apples, pears and green grapes. A whisper of vanilla custard also, while lemon zest appears after a little while as well.
    • Taste
      Proper creamy mouthfeel, classic Pulteney. Slightly salty, with plenty of lemon and some porridge, with just a tiny bit of white pepper, and a sweet nuttiness.
    • Finish
      Lingering for a good amount of time, building on all of the aforementioned.

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    From the Premium Snifter, the powerful 12-year 1998 G & M (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/26953/old-pulteney-1998-gm) is still a tad denser and more intense, the 19-year-old described here again convinced a large Bordeaux red wine glass with an extremely amazing and tasty character change towards litchi compote sweetness. As with the older G & M-Pulteney, the longer in the glass, the more aromas appear and the oak flavor is already very beautiful ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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