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Old Pulteney 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.65/100
votes
33
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Traveller's Exclusive
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
American and Spanish oak casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L19/058 R19/5100 IB
Barcode
5010509881753
Added on
24 Mar 2019 6:03 pm by Doctorbrain

Average value

€ 72.30

9 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 16-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.65 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lacks a little bit of oomph on the nose but makes up for it with a classic Pulteney palate.
    • Nose
      A quick hit of vanilla followed by some spicy oak, but then there's room for gentle oranges and lemon curd with touches of a damp meadow. Finally some butterscotch. Somewhat chalky, but lacking a certain coastalness.
    • Taste
      Classic spicy Pulteney arrival, with some white pepper and fresh ginger, as well as a nice nuttiness. Of course the bitter lemon zest and slight saltiness—a staple of any Pulteney—are here.
    • Finish
      Lingering saltiness and soft spices. Medium in length.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Though it says "Spanish oak casks" on the box, I'm not getting much sherry, only the oak spices. Performs rather like an all-bourbon maturation, and it's decidedly less sweet than the 15-year-old from the new range. I actually like it a bit better than the 15 y.o. because it's cleaner and more mineral / maritime.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A bit indistinct on the nose, not a lot of character for 16 years of age. Saline, sour, yeasty, mineral, slightly chalky. Salted lemon slices? Adding a drop of water activates the oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Much more substantial, with plenty of power for the ABV. Zesty and acidic start, very oily mouthfeel, so it's a curious combination of freshness and creaminess. Really gets going around the halfway mark, when the spices (from the Spanish oak?) kick in: freshly cut horseradish, ginger, and white pepper. Very lively. Gets increasingly salty, mineral and maritime as it goes on.
      Water dials down the acidity and turns up the sweetness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Chalk, wet sand and pebbles, lime and sea salt. Very clean.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  4. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Maritime and good in smell and taste. Salty and malty with some pepper and wood. The finish is medium long.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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