Old Pulteney 2008 - 2020, 11 years, Signatory Vintage (for whisky.de). 56.4% alc. Maturation: unknown, finally maturing for 22 months in Oloroso sherry barrel no.1
Nose: syrupy, very sweet and spicy. Dark berries in a damp cellar, strawberry jam, rock sugar. Dried fruits are also included. Spices get stronger, a lot of sherry aromas and a little sulfur. The nose is already very massive and you can take a lot of time. The alcohol is well integrated.
Palate: Again the fruit, the sweetness not quite as strong. Dried strawberries, mushy raspberries, malt and cane sugar. This is paired with oak, a touch of espresso and cocoa.
Finish: medium long and dry. The fruit aromas come up again, especially sweet cherries, then the whisky says goodbye with dark chocolate, yes, almost dry cocoa powder.
Conclusion: I have no idea how the whisky was before the 22-month finish, the distillery character of the original bottlings is definitely masked, the finish was almost a little too long. All in all, you get a very exciting and not that easy pay pulteney here.
85/100 points (tasted in 2021). I thank Helge Biering for the rehearsal. www.notesofmalt.com