Old Pulteney 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Maritime Malt
Stated Age
18 years old
Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L18/325 R18/5463 IB
Added on
14 Aug 2018 10:09 am by Dominique69

Average value

€ 125,86

19 × in wishlist

83 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 18-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.11 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Distillery tasting.
    This is a very good whisky, unfortunately a bit too expencive.
    Although different in taste, I feel the 15YO is of a similar quality and hence better value.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Clean, sophisticated sherry nose.
      Dark chocolate, plums, raisins.
      The softer fresh fruity Pultney character is hard to detect.
      Not extreme in any way, but kind of compact, may benefit from some time in the glass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Rounded soft and sweet.
      Coffee, fruit cake, orange chocolate.
      It's a whisky on which you probably could really go to town disecting its complexity, or you can simply just enjoy it
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium+ lenght slowly fading without any dram.
      Chocolate and sherry notes rounding off nicely.

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth and gentle, but with a full taste. Clearly some sherrycask influence.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fruity, peach, tropical fruits, honey. Then the sherrycask influence comes in, more coffee, chocolate and prunes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very soft and smooth, only a little pepper, without being thin. Full and creamy structure, sweet, honey, and later on some prunes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Again soft and smooth, honey, some sherry influences remain, prunes and some chocolate. Middle long.

  3. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water addition: No, that is very well balanced

    Conclusion: Yummy, a whisky to drink away and makes with every sip fancy sea, the Sherryfinfish is not very pronounced, instead, the flavors complement each other very well, without mutually suppressing or fighting. And who likes salted peanut butter will love this one
    • Nose
      very dense, ripe, yellow fruits (mirabelles, apricots, peaches), neat salt, a good portion of oak, salted caramel, peanut flavors and also very subtle smoke
    • Taste
      soft, velvety appearance, great sweetness after a lot of yellow fruits, caramel, peanut butter, the salt is not so intense here, as well as the oak, which only brings some spice in the background
    • Finish
      medium length, vanilla, fruity, tea, sweet-salty with some oak shavings, without any bitterness fades with the taste of lightly salted peanut butter with caramel pieces

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    That was non-love at first sight. Maybe the Malt wins with a lot of oxygen, time and habituation. Anyone who likes strong, rubber-sweet malts with sulfur will also like this Pulteney. I like that less now. You can try, but you do not have to.

    The 18er stands out from the Pulteney range and seems to me already "designed". Also, the price of around 120 euros (as of 02/2019) is based on the current market situation. There I find the new 15-year-old Pulteney (ID: 116460) the basically better and for the distillery much more characteristic malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Really now? On the first nose the full rubber abrasion, sweetness with sulfur. That could be one of those rubberized edradours! I did not have such a nose on any Pulteney. Ok, after an hour in the glass and a lot of panning, there are still a few Bourbon Bar flavors; but the rubber nose (children's dinghy: a lot of ice cream and sunscreen) covers everything. So I'm really looking forward to this taste ...
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth, the 18er then plays all his strength, brand Sherrykracher. Also sweet, but no longer as sweet as in the nose, now plum roaster and black berry. Similar in short moments to a refill sherry keg like the Fassstark Clynelish (ID: 121497). And at the second sip then again this Edradour rubber boat sweetie. Of matches.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the finish is again supplemented with oak, before appear again these artificial sweet notes. Somehow I'm sensitive to something like that. If you like that, ok. I find the 18er Pulteney less successful after the first drams in mouthfeel and finish.

  5. galg33 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: the nose is heavier, darker , more sherried and brooding. with dark chocolate, honey and cocoa, more of the apple pie, quite rich, with spices, black tea leaves, tobacco and even a smoky touch and a hint of salt.

    Palate: thick and complex, dark fruit, chocolate, Xmas cake again, more ripe oranges, dark honey, tobacco, tea leaf, salty touches, old leather, chewable stuff.

    Finish : dried fruit, prune, date, spices, cigar tobacco, wood.

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good hint of sherry, with raisins, a leather belt, elastic, puffed rice, cereals, white chocolate. Iodine comes after, sweet sea breeze, salty, even spicy, a shade of caramel, vanilla butter. The palate is very sweet at first, fruity, but the spices go up quickly, pepper and cinnamon. Long finish with candied vanilla.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Melon, pineapple, stewed apple, banana, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, hint of sea salt and gummi bears

  8. Palindrome did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    How does the new 18 2018 compare with the 17 2018? I'm surprised nobody has done a side by side comparison as of yet. I know the 17 is being phased out, but still. Someone must have both open at the present time

  9. craide scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    As far as delicious, interesting flavors are there. But seems somehow immature for me. With the price you have to get more.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Slightly fruity sweet start with a somewhat artificial touch of pineapple. It mixes with some apricot and orange. Salt pushes forward again and again. Add some honey with a strange gum note.
      A slight medical undertone remains.
      Interesting flavors and not bad but not not really my case.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Nice soft start on the palate.
      Honey sweetness stays with a few spices.
      Light oak is noticeable. Subtle salty at the end. There are a few floral notes left.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Short finish with some cocoa and coffee. Slightly drier.

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    quite nice you can drink, but really find no reason to buy me a bottle, not even to 120 ¬ ridiculous - worlds away from the noble old 21er was the cheaper to have
    • Nose
      85 85
      very salty, mineral, crushed lemon dropper, Wick cough sweet pineapple, raisins, gummy note, slightly unpleasant metallic undertone
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honey, tangy sweet tobacco, salt, olive oil, espresso, orange peel, cereals, raisins
    • Finish
      86 86
      musty dried fruit, wood dust, salt liquorice, leather, cocoa


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