Old Pulteney 18-year-old

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

Average value

€ 123.74

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 18-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. 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.

  5. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Moderator

    In the smell similar to the old Old Pulteney 17yo. Milk chocolate, perfume, grapes, banana.

    As for the taste, also the typical Old Pulteney, very similar to 17yo. More sour, less sweet and astringent. Pear, nectarine, apricot, vanilla cream and salty caramel.

    Evaluated only on the basis of a sample in the Whisky Festival 2019 in Malá Morávka, however, on the first occasion I would like to submit it to a more thorough examination.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. AegeanC scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A smooth, coherent, mellow soothing moisturizer.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pear and tangerine, nice pencil shaving, and sponge cake, salted butter. A little soapy. After a while there came the oaky aroma, not too strong, just there, a little musky. Followed by a little mint and lime. In general it's very coherent and mellow.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, round and oily, made me felt quite good. Smooth is the word. Honeyed tea, and a little yeasty.
    • Finish
      82 82
      One thing I don't quite like is the plastic, soapy after-taste. Though it gave a long and gentle warm, and moist, feeling.

  9. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Exciting malt. After initially great euphoria, triggered by the beguiling aroma, a clear disappointment followed. Unfortunately, the taste and especially the finish couldn't keep up.

    But after I gave him a second chance, he was finally able to convince. Not quite as hoped, but still got a solid rating.

    The price is absolutely hefty and beyond all reason. That should also be noted.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Hui! Juicy, dark, almost fermented fruit notes hit the nose immediately! Plums, dates and more. Some of the fruits also have a delicately tangy and fresh touch. Super balanced.

      Then there are berries, red apples, some homemade lemonade and fruit compote.

      A touch of tart chocolate underlines the whole thing. Just like a delicate fresh grain note that appears after a while.

      Extremely delicious aroma.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pleasantly spicy, the wood is more noticeable here.

      The fruits become lighter, fresher and more tangy, the chocolate and the tart notes come more to the fore. Sweetish green apple and delicate tart citrus notes. In addition, there is a delicate dry herbal note and a hint of maritime freshness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A little too dry, tart, delicately woody. Here, too, the wood is clearly noticeable. What remains is a slightly bitter note of wood and perhaps a little cold, stale coffee. The chocolate appears again after a while. Pleasant nut notes also follow. Longer finish than initially assumed.

      Not bad, but unfortunately a bit disappointing ...

  10. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    more polished, more refined (as in refined sugar) than the 17, with more clear sherry notes, the sweet and salty combination takes center stage, almost as if it was intended to be so.. less wood, less herbs, less wilderness both in the nose and taste.. less personality, maybe.

    the 18 is clearly more accessible, probably more quaffable, too.. the HDR version of the 17.
    • Nose
      86 86
      sherry, salt, caramel, lemon rind.. a whiff of solvent.. very little wood, some fruits (pineapple, apples).. alcohol is nicely integrated.. all nice, but a bit underwhelming and too polite
    • Taste
      88 88
      the sweet and salty is so out there, it is almost uncanny.. not much else, though clearly pleasant in a guilty pleasure kind of way
    • Finish
      86 86
      this is where it clearly falls short.. so, short-lasting, sweet, salty and a tad fiery, with a bit of yum that manages to barely save it in the end


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