A very drinkable Old Pulteney from 1965 but I would have hoped for something a little special but as it was it was slightly tired and over-oaked and at too low a strength to excite my tastebuds. I will see how this develops once opened but for now 85.
Wood. Lots of wood at first. This has spent 34 years in oak and it shows! Underneath this you get honey, damp earth, cereal and hints of dust. Something herbal appears too, dried sage or thyme? With water you get a light soapiness.
Not what the nose suggests at all! A rich earthiness with thyme and cinnamon asserts itself and is very pleasant. A saltiness comes though in the palate later but not the bitter tannins I expected from the wood in the nose. This would have been fantastic at a higher strength as it has the flavour but lacks the punch at 40%. Very drinkable but not as assertive as it needs to be I'm afraid.
Quick to medium finish with cinnamon spice and salt. Nice enough but not long enough.