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Overall rating
89.48/100
votes
121
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
1999
Bottled
10.07.2019
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
Batch 19/120
Number of bottles
554
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613074415
Added on
30 Sep 2019 1:49 pm by Whiskylifestyle
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 168.54

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1999 GM

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.48 points

  1. Malt_Shatterhand scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Wonderful sherry bouquet. At the beginning there is a malty, grainy moment. This is where the pulp character of Old Pulteney shines through. The first nose is easily digestible and at the same time aromatically dense. Sherry doesn't kill you. Very complex, very pleasant. Slightly oak-smoky, sweet, nutty, grassy-herbaceous. If you lower your nose deeper into the glass, dark and fruity. All the flavors are closely interwoven, very round, so nothing stands out. No sulfur perceptible. Alcohol is also very well integrated. Over time, the whisky becomes even softer and more elegant, pafumier. Vanilla and caramel appear. The spicy smokiness also becomes sweeter.
    The aromas continue in the mouth. Wood is more noticeable. Still no bitterness.
    Even sweeter with water. Rich and spicy oak smoke surprises on the palate. Wow, where does it come from - very tasty. And the smoke is already through. Sherry ends pleasantly.
    If you warm the whisky over your hands on the glass, freshly distilled, clear caramel steps forward. At the same time, full, deep and sweet cognac takes up the nose.
    What is impressive about this "gentle" dram is this pleasant refill sherry character and its balance. A whisky for a relaxed and cozy evening.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Unlike the TWE Single-Cask (ID: 110534), this is not a "crass sherry burner" with full sweetness; this is a dense refill sherry intensive with pronounced herb and nut notes. The sherry, plum and raisin flavors make the fine complement. With a powerful 56.5% dense and drinkable and easy to recognize as a "spicy Highlander".

    After further tests, the following conclusion emerges: A stranges part - "the 12 Bunna on testosterone", so to speak. Straight refill barrel. Finely ripened, intense, on the oaky side with light oak smoke. I miss something the "typical Pulteneyhaft", the rest is very good - but not inspiring for me. Whining at a high level.

    _With some water_ the Pulteney gets smokey on the first try in the nose. The sherry aromas and the fruit sweetness are also increasing. In the mouth it becomes noticeably sweeter, the finish remains medium to long; a fine variant. In the second test with water, the malt becomes even smoother, the fruit only wakes up over time. Herbs, salt spray. On the palate immediately sweeter, more fruity. Now rather long finish; good variant! With a little water for me with 91 points (92-91-91) one point better than without.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First nutty, slightly grassy aroma, then goes very dry-spicy. Delicate menthol freshness, very pleasant. Over time, the sherynots become stronger. For further samples, the smokiness becomes more intense; but no peat smoke, but oak smoke. Sherry and dark fruits then come to the fore, Nussigkeit. A strange as well as interesting mixture.
    • Taste
      90 90
      For the first samples, the sherry flavors were just as full, the dark fruits as well. Oak, herbs; and again Nussigkeit and a few raisins. A very nice, dense aroma. Pleasant freshness, 56.5% are well integrated. Oak and caramel, slightly smoked. The most recent summary: A sherry refill, finely prepared. The oak becomes more dominant. Spicy; However, the "maritime Pulteney character" is barely noticeable.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Intense and medium-long, refill sherry and spice dominate the full finish. Oak.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky - thanks for the sample StyrianSpirit.
    • Nose
      92 92
      expressive nuanced nose - very complex, great!
    • Taste
      91 91
      nice sweetness, dried fruit, cocoa, spices, acidic-fruity, very nice balance.
    • Finish
      91 91
      long finish, elegant, fruity finish.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An excellent whisky, age-related, from the very beginning it reveals itself as deep, varied, with a complex composition, whole, multifaceted, you can walk on the tops and have fun, or you can dig deep into the depths and everywhere it is good, both for a novice amateur and a connoisseur.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, old noble wood, solid furniture, creamy notes - boiled condensed milk, fondant; mineral-salty shades, a little dirty industrial colors - steel tools, machine oil, industrial textiles; nuts, cappuccino, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, ash, burnt sparklers;
    • Taste
      Mild, intense, tart woody notes, drier and harsher than expected from the aroma, sweetness is somewhere in the background, sour coffee, prunes, dried mushrooms, some industrial-metallic sour tones; fondant, tobacco, nuts;
    • Finish
      Soft, refreshing, sour-mineral, coffee, toffee, lemon wedge in unsweetened tea, tobacco.

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very rich and bold in character. A touch too much alcohol on the nose, but all the more powerful on the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fruity-spicy sherry notes, raisin-heavy, cherries mix with caramel and salted chocolate, hazelnuts, oily and buttery components, some smoked oak, dried apricot and hints of bitter orange, also dried fig and plum, vanilla and light mocha notes
    • Taste
      89 89
      slightly astringent and bittersweet with plenty of sherry and dried fruits, the oak wood, strongly spiced with clove and cinnamon, stands out with its smoky aromas and pleasantly fills the mouth, again many hazelnuts and dark chocolate, many mineral tones with sea spray and malty hints, sandalwood, vanilla, background and herbaceous menthol, some forest honey and caramel
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lots of aromatic honey, dry oak with a hint of clove spice with walnuts and hazelnuts, sherry and raisin rolls, vanilla, dark chocolate and plum liqueur, tobacco, some black pepper with a hint of ash

  6. Joint86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. chunkwanho scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    It tastes rough but rich and has a good balance.
    This is the top 3 whisky I drank this year.

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      huge vanillated nose.. while at the other end, wood and smoke giving rise to strong coffee and cognac.. between these two, wonderfully dense and rich sherry and fruits - dried apricots, mandarins and some apples.. also, bananas.
    • Taste
      88 88
      spicy, smoky and salty came to town, went to a bar and asked for a glass of cognac, a freshly brewed coffee.. and a shot of digestive..
    • Finish
      87 87
      dutch licorice.. spices (cloves and cinnamon).. very slightly bitter

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh sherry, very modern, very constructed, but at least it's not a sherry bomb (I think).
    • Taste
      Good Pulteney that is not totally drowned by sherry. Some Pulteney seaside maritime notes are present, but unfortunately, the sherry is not very well-integrated. Cherries, raisins, honey, black tea. Adding a bit of water is advisable to soften the wood and spice, and temper the ABV.
    • Finish
      Moderate length. No off-flavors. Pretty straight forward sherried whisky.

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose. Rotten autumn leaves, a little iodine and a sea breeze. A little mastic and parquet varnish. Sweet baked cupcake. Taste. Sweet buckwheat honey, molasses, turning into a burning varnish. A bit of hairspray from an aerosol. The aftertaste is sweet, later forming a slight taste of salt on the tongue and ink that has flowed from the handle rod.

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