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Overall rating
89.63/100
votes
96
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

€ 189.98

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1999 GM

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.63 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. red71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. JeffreyP scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Simply love the pepper in the mouth

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Odinson scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. avansele scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If you like sherry whisky you will love this one. Very tasty and briefly I forgot my actual goal: That maritime character I was expecting. He doesn't quite hit that, except for the salty note. 89.998/100 Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/04/02/zwei-unabhaengige-old-pulteney/

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