Old Pulteney 23-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition - Bourbon Casks
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
World Duty Free
Added on
24 Oct 2009 2:01 pm

Average value

€ 258.61

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29 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 23-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.56 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not spectacular, but a very solid Old Pulteney. A little higher in strength, and who knows?
    • Nose
      Somewhat dusty and closed at first. This needs a little time, but then develops into aromas of vanilla (and lots of it), Granny Smith apple, peach, white grapes and a whiff of cotton candy. There's some burlap, and a fair amount of oak too. Delicate. Quite good actually.
    • Taste
      The body is surprisingly good at just 43 percent. Sweet red apple, peach, grapes. A touch of white pepper and bitter oak. Some pomelo too. Very similar to the nose, maybe a little less sweet.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, building on the flavours already described. Plus a pinch of salt.

  2. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      White fruit (apples, pears), herbs, mint, citrus, vanilla
    • Taste
      White fruit (apples, pears), herbs, vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty, oranges

  4. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    cheaper than sherried version at auction at around £90/110.

  5. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 23 yo 'Bourbon' (43%, OB, bourbon casks, +/-2011)
    Colour: straw. Nose: despite the low strength, this one bursts with
    fresh garden fruits such as gooseberries and green apples as well as
    tangerines, all that on a bed (so to speak) of rather limey herbs (lemon
    grass, coriander, then mint and fennel) and the expected brine. It’s
    very fresh and kind of young (pleasantly so), with only touches of
    vanilla and straight oak. After fifteen minutes, some very nice notes of
    camphor coming through, something slightly medicinal, and more vanilla.
    Mouth: good body at 43% vol. and a profile that’s almost exactly the
    same as on the nose. Same fruits, same brininess, same vanilla and same
    herbs. Maybe a little more citrus fruits. Pink grapefruits? This is
    excellent even if it loses steam after a few seconds (the middle could
    have been a tad oomphier). Finish: medium long and very salty. Salted
    orange juice? Comments: excellent, vibrant, with only a little weakness
    on the palate after the very nice attack. Excellent freshness. This, at
    46 or 50%!….  SGP:641 - 87 points.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wow, now this is a
    great Old Pulteney.
    • Nose
      The nose bursts with
      orchard fruit. Apples, pears, but also lime and gooseberries. The whole seems
      sprinkled with crystal sugar. Lemongrass, vanilla and mint. Very fresh. The
      coastal elements, bar some iodine, do not stand a chance.
    • Taste
      It is oily and sweet
      on the palate, while quite some brine immediately joins the fray. More citrus than white fruit, now. But very fruity. Bittersweet as if from grapefruit. Soft garden herbs.
    • Finish
      The finish is a
      perfect balance of sweet and salt, with only a whiff of oak.

  7. AlecM scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: toffee and malt.

    Taste: toffee and malt.

    Finish: better - nicely spiced with a flowery scent and slight oilyness about it.

    Ordinary but perfectly drinkable.

  8. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A bourbon-matured small batch 23yo from Old Pulteney, released at the
    same time as the sherry-matured edition. This is slightly lighter in
    style, as one would expect, but boasts equal intensity of flavour, with
    vanilla and clove from the oak taking prominence. 


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