Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
34 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2009 2:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1768.45

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16 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1964 DL

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Almost no one in the whisky world took notice of the Pulteney distillery until Jim Murray selected their 21-years old edition as the "Whisky of the Year". No, it is not just this sole release. Pulteney always produced a certain amount of great drams and rarely any sub-standard releases - that is why I opened this bottle that I bought for 106 Euro in September, 2003...

    ...and it is another proof of the great Pulteney distillery profile despite it aged a little too long in its cask. This profile is an excellent mixture of fruity-honey-maritime flavours in a well-balanced mix. If bottled some years earlier this would be a 92+points score but still it is very interesting and quaffable...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a flabbergasting fruity profile, wow! This is absolutely adorable - I feel like walking through a tropical fruits market with delicious over-ripe exotic and home-grown fruits. Beside these tasty honey, spicy and spring floral aromas join in and later fine oils and waxy notes. Complex and very balanced - a nose that is almost impossible to find in modern style drams.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is fruity-sweet with additional honey and sugary flavours that are countered by bitter herbal and wooden notes. The latter dominate a little too much for my taste, unfortunately. There are additional fine spices and waxes and oils again, but the bitter flavours stay dominant. Water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and less bitter (this is good for two points) and improves the finish, too.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying feeling (tannins). The finish is long and stays bitter-herbal-woody as was the taste. But the oily-waxy-sugary notes grow stronger towards the end and balance this out. The bitter moments vanish almost completely after some time, surprisingly.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    1964 Old Pulteney 34 Year 50% (Old Malt Cask) 197 bottles

    When Old Pulteney was established in 1826 it was only accessible by sea. The barley was brought in on ships, and the whisky sent out on ships. Many distillery workers also worked as herring fisherman and the town experienced a boom in the 19th century. With plenty of work and a distillery to fuel everyone’s excitement, things must have gotten pretty rowdy because the town instituted prohibition to get things under control. With whisky no longer being sold in Pulteneytown, the distillery was no longer a viable business and closed in 1930 and didn’t reopen until 1951, 4 years after the end of prohibition. It was only 13 years after the end of prohibition that this malt was distilled. Very exciting stuff. A 1964 Old Pulteney is a very rare thing indeed. Did you know 95% of Pulteney ends up in ex-bourbon casks? If it ain’t broke...

    Nose: (94) Vanilla pods, rose water, cold metal, vanilla ice cream, old paints and lacquer, a bit of old lemon, marshmallow, honey, banana chips, a little leather, a little fennel perhaps, soft mint? All wrapped in a lovely soft wax. A really awesome old school nose. My favourite style, just fantastic.

    Palate: (93) Creamed butter, oily, brown butter, rich and decadent, clotted cream, shortbread with a bit of lemon zest, black tea (strong wood notes), cardamom. You could just put this stuff away no problem, it’s so good. Actually I don’t find the wood intrusive at all, I like this style a lot.

    Finish: (91) Mouthcoating, but not overly long finish. Earl grey tea, cardamom, cappuccino, drying, but not unpleasant, sponge toffee, vanilla bean. Actually I don’t find it over-oaked at all, it works perfectly.


    Notes: It hits all the right notes for me. There are no shortcuts to these lovely old notes. Only a lot of time in a great cask. A beautifully old, luxurious malt. Love it. I could even go higher on the score if I had a bigger sample, but I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try it. Thanks to my German friend for that!

  3. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tropical fruits, herbs, wax, oil, wood, treacle
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    There is plenty of sherry and matured oak beside the well known salty, fruity line.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Floral. Ripe fruits, honey, wax, bergamot oil, antique leather, spicy oak and sawdust.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sherry, waxy fruits, malt, citruses, tannic oak, herbals and champagne.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, bittersweet.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pale gold
    Aromas of tropical fruits in combination with canning rubber are in the glass! Not an advantage, but not so dramtic, that you have to end up with this malt in advance. In addition to the gum, the fruit juice composition runs with acidified cucumber, wax, honey and some leather. Not necessarily much, but not so bad in the unit.
    Here, to our amazement, completely without gum and completely different. Full soft mouthfeel with waxy honey, sweet fruits of apricot, peach and mirabelle. Add chocolate with wood and a little bit of gum, accompanied by salt and pepper.
    Medium long - still fruity, spicy and with wood, and chocolate. Only at the end does it become drier.
    89 points
    N: 87P / G: 91P / F: 89P

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, coastal notes, salty, fruity (coconut, bananas)
    • Taste
      Fresh, clean, mint, fruity (lemons), liquorice
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, oaky


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