Old Pulteney 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Maritime Malt
Stated Age
15 years old
Ex-Bourbon and Spanish Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L19/035 R19/5047 I8
Added on
14 Aug 2018 10:06 am by Dominique69

Average value

€ 73.30

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 15-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.69 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful nose is continued on the palate with the formidable bourbon and sherry barrel interplay, supplemented by bakery sweetness and delicate maritime seasoning. Is for me on at least one stage with the 17er. The nice thing is: You can enjoy this malt "just like that" and you can also "disassemble it in its entirety". If you like Glenfarclas without sherry turbo (ie the 25's from the standard range or older 4th-Fill-Casks), you should also like this malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Clear, maritime, coastal spicy. And still with the shot of sherry and bakery flavors. So to speak the 17er, the direction 25er-Pulteney goes. If the 2006 "pure Bourbonpulteney pure", this is now the (also for the 17er) also typical "crystal clear-maritime Pulteney-Bourbon-and-Sherryfass-Melange".
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very enjoyable! Crystal clear, now with sherry sweets and bakery that goes into vanilla. Everything is beautifully mint fresh primed with the pulteneytypischen 46%. The oak comes too. Then again sherry, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Amazingly full for his 15 years and then again slightly in enjoyment. The balance between sherry and bourbon keg is absolutely successful.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the medium-long finish, then the oak again with some espresso.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The smell is fresh and yet not young. That starts well. The taste blends in harmoniously and also the finish fits wunservoll to the overall picture.

    A very nice, mild ex-bourbon whisky, which, despite its mildness, is very full of character. I am positively surprised.
    • Nose
      The whisky smells "green", lime, tangerine, woodruff some oak, fresh green herbs
    • Taste
      light, soft body, but noticeably mild and offensive, the aromas from the smell are repeated, mandarin and lime, a little malt, light oak
    • Finish
      slightly bitter, the fruits are still in the delicate memory, the oak takes over the direction

  3. galg33 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: quite different with a lot of sherry influence, apple pie, glazed with burnt sugar, dried fruit, cinnamon, clove and a touch of vanilla. deep dark honey, sultana and spice. you can feel some ex-bourbon influence too in addition to the sherry finish which adds a nice depth.

    Palate: it’s lovely on the palate. with a nice sweetness, ripe orange, earth, salty, sweet, warming spices, Xmas cake , some chocolate, toffee and a hint of salt – lovely.
    Finish : Oak, chocolate, ripe orange marmalade, very nice wood notes, tea.
    Yummy stuff indeed. A very nice sherry oriented dram, with depth. Quite different from the 17 year old it ‘replaces’ , but still very good indeed. If I would be pressed I would choose the 17 by a really narrow margin, maybe since old habits are hard to rid o

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Barbone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Maybe not quite up to 17 standard, but it's a very good whisky at an affordable price.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Noticable sherry influence.
      Sweet, a touch of chocolate and honey.
      Rich and a lot "bolder" than the 12yo, still with ample amounts of fruit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasant arrival of a rich body.
      Sweet on dark fruit cake, orange citrus, a pinch of salt.
      Just about the right abv to enjoy as it is.
      This is yummie stuff.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Would not have minded a bit more lenght, good things can't last too long, it's still a bit past the medium mark.
      Sweetness continues into the finish with some slightly drying spice.

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 845: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhaqN8Z7nXE (86/100).

    "The familiarity of the Old Pulteney signature which I'm looking for is in there but it's been blanketed by the casks that have been used for maturing this spirit."

  8. the_muskox scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Well put-together, if a little thin and weird. There’s just a little bit of sherry influence, but I think it works. There’s some decent complexity, the development is quite nice, and the age shows. I can’t believe it, but I think it’s a little too salty for me. There are some off notes as well (like that chlorine) that pop in and out, which hurt my experience a little, but weren’t too bad. I thankfully didn’t have anything close to the horrible experience I had with the 12 year thankfully. Still, I was a little salted-out by this one. I’m confident that lots of other people will enjoy this more than I did.

    Nose: Sweet and salty. Sugary, almost crystallized dried fruit: dates, pineapple, and banana. Light cereals and honey. Nature Valley bars! The kind dipped in the sugary caramel stuff. Just the tiniest hint of smoke. It’s quite salty, with sea breeze and even a bit of chlorine. The fruit fills out a bit more as it sits in the glass.

    Palate: Light texture, but quite oily. A bit hit of salt up front, followed by manuka honey and dried fruit. A bit of rum-y banana funk here, along with mango and pineapple. Develops into toast and walnuts, followed by oak and a hit of black pepper. There’s a little bit of peat here too, mixed in with that pepper. A bit of a slaty mineral note on the back end, along with sugared raisins. It never loses that salty edge.

    Finish: Long, and sweet-and-salty again. Lots of honey. Salt and pepper. Dried apple slices, a bit of lychee, and nuts. A bag of trail mix, maybe.

  9. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Honey, brine, light spice, malt, light white pepper, oak. East drinking, and very enjoyable. A great pour to have and not over analyze.

  10. Sidney87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful daily dram with a fair PLV
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85


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