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Overall rating
90.71/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
1999
Bottled
09.07.2019
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
Batch 19/118
Number of bottles
139
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Germany Exclusive
Added on
21 Nov 2019 10:26 pm by Doctorbrain
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 169.08

43 × in wishlist

37 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1999 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] A dram which is scored very high by many members but no one wrote a single word about it - ooh, how I hate this, because this drives my curiosity to a level where I cannot resist to buy a bottle and immediately crack it open...

    ...tonight, not now. Will it be just another hyped one or is it that good - we will see in a few hours (a good friend called me already to check how it is - hey, this whisky world really drives crazy these times).

    Now that it is dark outside I comfort myself with a (hopefully) pleasant dram ... and yes, this is nice stuff which reminds me of the sadly long gone 21-years Old Pulteney standard edition. This one got even more power due to the cask strength abv but maybe is a little more simple than the best batches of the 21-years old. No need to hype this whisky (according to my taste buds) but nonetheless this is a very fine dram both to explore and quaff.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is quite dark for a bourbon maturation at deep copper and the nose is rather shy first but it quickly enfolds upon breathing. It offers the trademark honey-floral-grassy Pulteney profile with a lot of additional interesting impressions like maritime notes (seaweed, salt), unused gauze, vegetable oils and spices. The wood takes its time to show up but when it does it provides the perfect backbone to all the different aromas to enjoy. Actually, this dram requires quite a lot of breathing time (more than 20 minutes) - it started with 88 points right after serving and slowly climbed to 90 points now with additional waxes, green tea and heather flowers. By the way, opposite to most other drams I like this nose out of a standard Glencairn glass better than that out of a big spheric blender's glass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is creamy and chewy with a fine combo of honey-sugary sweet and spicy-bitter wooden flavours. The trademark Pulteney maritime impressions (e.g., salt and oysters) join in quickly while the fruits stay in the background. In later layers the sugars combine to tasty toffee and milk chocolatey notes which are enriched by different spices (peppers, chili, nutmeg). All is nicely balanced without any single off-note, hence very quaffable.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with some minor bitter moments from the tannins which are not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds both more toffee-sweet and hot-spicy flavours without distracting moments. Water opens up the nose greatly, now it crosses the 90 points barrier with additional machine oils, pine needles and dunnage warehouse impressions. The taste turns smoother but the layers are gone, unfortunately. I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] You wonder why I score so many drams 90+points recently? The answer is simple: Because they are that good!

    But why are so many excellent drams released these days? Here the answer is a little more complicated, unfortunately. In a nutshell this is because the whiskies distilled during the last "golden era" of Scotch malt distilling (the nineties of last century) now enter my preferred drinking age of 18 to 30 years. For single malt whisky it is the same as with humans - after they grow at least 18 years old they (usually) get adult, balanced and know how to use their untamed power in the best way (to achieve maximum impact, e.g. on my taste buds). After the age of thirty this power slowly but steadily looses steam and the first problems of ageing might appear. Of course, there are great very old drams (the same way as there are great elderly people) and you have to treat them with respect and dignity once you have the chance to meet one (and you can afford them when it comes to single malt whisky).

    The last "golden era" of Scotch malt distilling started 1989/1990 and lasted until the most recent whisky boom started around ten to fifteen years ago. While drams distilled during the last whisky boom (late seventies to early eighties) often are of chequered quality because production was rushed and good-quality casks ran out of supply - the spirits distilled during the eighties (usually) were of below-standard quality because of the budget cuts on all malt purchased, casks sourced and maintenance work during the ongoing whisky bust. Exceptions prove the rule, of course (but they are hard to find).

  3. tommy12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great color for a Bourbon Cask matured whisky. Fragrance: intense, pleasant, honey, yellow fruit, honeydew melon, thick streaks on the glass. Taste: intense, sweet, caramel, cocoa, forest soil, pleasant spice, no sulfur, as expected no smoke, very delicate espresso notes, very long finish. Tolerates water. Reduced to approx. 46% at best. For me the best Pulteney so far (compared to 17/21 years old). Very well done!

  4. matfrl scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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