Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Nae man can tether time nor tide
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Burns Bottling 2020
Added on
08 jan 2020 10:20 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 97.05

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35 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Old Pulteney 2007 SMWS 52.30

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.69 points.

  1. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Issue price in January 2020: GBP 59.00

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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  3. grinface scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Oh. This is rather a very "funny" bottling. Totally out of round and without highlights. Water only helps if you really put a lot in it and then at some point it becomes very thin. No a whisky for me.
    After this dram I had to interrupt the flight because the sensors were tired. That speaks for itself.

    Full review in a flight of six bourbon cask matured Old Pulteney: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/20/ex-bourbon-old-pulteney/

  4. notesofmalt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 2007 - 2020, 12 years, 52.30 "Nae man can tether time or tide", 58.4% alc. Bottler: SMWS. Expansion: Bourbon Hogshead (first fill)

    Nose: Lemon ice cream and custard, slightly pungent. I smell freshly sawn birch wood, walnuts and nutmeg, as well as some pebbles and aspirin. First of all, a typical Pulteney from the bourbon cask.

    Palate: Tart gooseberries, currants and lemon cream, followed by quite a bit of malt and a good portion of licorice root. There is also some nutmeg, which is accompanied by pepper.

    Finish: Medium length, spicy and slightly dry and salty. Also here gooseberry with nutmeg.

    Conclusion: A bit too much imbalance in this whisky, starting with the pungent alcohol on the nose and continuing with a rather massive component on the palate. In between, however, always exciting. 81/100 points (2022)

  5. Cipidos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Gregers scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    My least favourite Old Pulteney to date, it shows a lot of the usual good stuff, but balance is off and there is a real off-note poking around on the palate.

    Review: https://youtu.be/lb8V4vCgW_s
    • Nose
      77 77
      Acetone dominates, under it some vanilla, toffee, lighter fruity notes of green apple, a bit of new leather, and some brine
    • Taste
      75 75
      Very warm, slightly spicy, large dose of briny seawater, light smoky flavours, and then unfortunately some sour notes resembling stale flower water. Not really dominating, but enough to be annoying. Second chew more peppery, with dried herbs, a bit more smoke, liquorice, and peppermint. Third chew brings some toffee notes, or even butterscotch, a good thing for the balance, as the sour note diminishes. Doesn't get all the way good, though.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Warm, peppery, oaky spices, dry liquorice, peppermint, very light toffee, and the slightly sour off-note keeps poking around.

  8. IanDam scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Liqourice, seasalt - very complex taste
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Canucks89 scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Fragrance: sweet. Vanilla cream. Light citrus.
    Taste: sweet. Eg. Let me spice.
    Aftertaste: Long. Eg.

    Seems a bit nauseating.

  10. maltandgrains scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Fruity and citric. Typical bourbon and vanilla notes. Slightly woody.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Very in-your-face! Salty and stormy. Cinnamon and plums. Wood spices.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length. Spices and ginger. Toffee.

  11. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very stormy without water and totally closed in the nose. Can tolerate water very well, but turns completely and we are very smooth. Typical bourbon notes with vanilla and light fruits, like fresh green apple.

  13. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: In Tam O’Shanter, Robert Burns captured the ephemeral nature of beauty with: “But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed.” This dram invites you to hang on to life’s fleeting pleasures for as long as possible, with a rich nose afloat with woody character, coconut and pencil shavings joining nutmeg, cinnamon and waxy textures. The sweetness of brown sugar, figs and plums then support a salty hue that suggest seaside rock pools and a turning tide. The palate offers toffee and caramel before heading in a more spicy direction of fresh ginger, then quickly moving back towards porridge and marzipan. Water accentuates the fruity elements that combine apples and pears with orange marmalade and sea buckthorn. Dried seaweed and tobacco notes then frame soft leather and a hint of burnt twigs before swinging towards liquorice sticks, green tea and herbal tones of rosemary and sage.


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