Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
American ex-Bourbon and ex-Fino Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
glass print label with age statement in circle
Added on
27 Oct 2010 2:02 pm

Average value

€ 327,72

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693 × member ratings

1860 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 21-year-old

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.49 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I like it better and better, the longer the bottle is on. Wonderfully sweet and oily, with many iridescent flavors, intense, clear, brilliant in the mouth, great finish, nice nose - today raised to a relaxed 91 points
    • Nose
      clear and slightly salty, walk on the beach, washed-up seaweed, sweet ripe apples and pears, pineapple, lemon, cherry compote, mint, galia melon
    • Taste
      oily and wonderfully sweet, immediately a sparkling, champagne-like fruit explosion - mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lots of tangerine, pink grapefruit, acacia honey, sweet caramel sauce, maple syrup, cherry jam, sweet freshly pressed intense apple juice, marzipan croissants, brown butter, ginger, dark chocolate, a Touch of licorice, pecan and coconut, tangerine skin, salt and pepper, some thyme and mint, olive oil, lemon, thin black tea (Orange Pekoe) and steamed Nori leaves
    • Finish
      quickly becoming dry, at the same time sweet and juicy, cherry, pineapple, light bitterness as from the bite to a tangerine skin, Campari, espresso, banana, removes a bit of licorice ...

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful tingling fruity whisky. Very cute. Comes much younger than he is.

  3. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: First thought: Full fruity cherry and pleasant tart and spicy wood flavors. In the second run you will find a nice vanilla / honey and cinnamon note as well as some cloves / nutmeg and lovage, which join the bitter tea flavors of the oak. In general, the drop reminds me a little bit of Christmas and I associate my oranges superficially with orange peel. Generally the drop is balanced fruity-tart and also pleasantly sweet in the nose. In the course of the nose is somewhat vinous and increases in the wort, which I find very pleasant. 3-4 drops of water: The nose changes slightly in the direction of orange and the spice remains present, but moves back into the background. A very pleasant bitter almond or apricot kernel develops in the glass, which combines associated vanilla and tart oak flavors. Taste: Soft, voluminous and only slightly tingling, the drop settles on the tongue. Spicy and roasted aromas accompanied by a pleasant fruit in the form of fruity, sour orange that lingers for a long time in the mouth. The fruit is present but not overcharged but discreet and completes the wonderfully spicy aromas. Warming, the drop migrates down the esophagus, develops aromas of dark chocolate and is in no way very bitter. A residual sweetness and tender bitter note remain present on the tongue for a long time. 3-4 drops of water: Spicy, fruity and slightly dry in the mouth. Orange is in my opinion a little more present and tingles with light acid on the middle of the tongue. Roasted hazelnuts and the slight bitterness of walnuts are to be felt. In the aftermath, a pleasant vanilla note is released, which merges with the already identified bittersweet notes. Conclusion: really delicious and harmoniously complex. A malt to my liking, but it takes some time in the glass.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Whisky is emotion, and Old Pulteney is emotion to me. This has been such an important malt in my whisky journey, it sort of makes me sad drinking this with the knowledge it will soon disappear of shelves forever.
    • Nose
      Creamy vanilla with freshly cut sour apples, pineapple, oranges and feint wood shavings. A small amount of candle wax, nougat and fudge as well. wonderfully balanced.
    • Taste
      Velvety with oranges, lemon peel and a fair bit of salt. Classic. Some furniture polish, with cinnamon and pepper. Plenty of depth and the drinking strength is excellent at 46 percent.
    • Finish
      Subtle spices, oak and vanilla. Medium to long.

  5. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very complex whisky. This is where the most diverse flavors come together. First fruit bomb and then salty-maritime and Mediterranean with seafood. But the cheese flavor is more than amazing. In short: Caribbean meets North Sea, Amalfi Coast and Allgäu. Absolute top class - 22.04.2017
    • Nose
      Bergkäse (that was the first aroma after the glass was able to breathe for about 15 minutes), full of fruit basket, apple, grapes, tropical fruits, fig, apricots, coconut flakes, trail mix, candied oranges, candied lemons, even more easy to skim Smoke, salty-maritime, squeezed lemon on raw shells fresh from the sea, sea air, sea salt
    • Taste
      Sweet and dry at the same time, fruity, again tropical fruits, watermelon, blood orange, honey, cashew, balsamic vinegar on Parmesan, salty-maritime, mussels
    • Finish

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MGHOW scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I really like this. Others have spoken of bitterness but not in the batch I have been tasting.

    I really like it. The only thing I don't like is the oaky nose but fortunately the oak seems to dominate solely in the nose and does not dominate in the tasting.

    The taste is really delicious, rich and complex with a pleasant minerality and solid backbone. Not watery or weak at all.

    I love it....and there's plenty of bottles left at the local liquor store where I live.....

    But where do I live? That's the question......

    The great thing about travelling is that you can find lots of discontinued whiskies doing their world-tour.

  8. MGHOW scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I just love this. Have found a local supplier and can still get hold of this for 100 quid a bottle, so I've had quite a few bottles of this.

    This is perfectly balanced, chewy, refreshing and tasty.

    I could go into details but that would require me refilling my glass which I'm going to do right now.

  9. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting.
    Mystic from Denis.
    Nose immediately wine. Sour, but moderate .. Not sherry. Rather, Sauternes, although the color votes for sherry ... There are no elusive and complex compositions and other "unicorn popes" here ... It is rather monosyllabic and flat ... First sip and ... Soft, not protruding, no alcohol at once to like it), but it is immediately clear - there will be no magic.
    In the aftertaste ... Yes xs ... Oaks-sorcerers and wormwood-grass ... Alcohol 40% maximum 43 ....
    Let stand 15 minutes ...
    I am waiting ...
    The nose is clearly better - a flower meadow and a vanilla cake appeared ... You can safely inhale without fear of burning the mucous membrane))))
    Second vulture and ... an oak barrel in front ... There are no burns, just as there is nothing bright and memorable ... the wine finish ... it is easy to drink ... 40% ... Flat ... Age up to 10 years .. . likely only 8 ...
    Highland ...
    Some kind of Edradur?
    I can’t wait any longer - night in the yard ...
    Not disgusting, not drunk, not a star of delight ... Solid "not"
    Summary: 40-43%, 8-10 years old, wine finish 6-12 months ... What else?
    Now I am interested in smoking a pipe ... A very tasty topic ... And so, under Virginia, the most that ...
    Easy, with a weak body, but a good balance ... 85 from me.

  10. asmazda scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If you are not sensitive to the somewhat grassy and bitter finish it's a wild, unique, rich, fino sherried whisky. Too bad it has been discontinued and the 25yo replacing it is 3X the price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Shy but quite complex. Honey, beeswax, leather, apple cider, lemons, creamy chocolate, coffee, ocean spray, eucalyptus. Loses some points for being shy.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, malty, spicy, salty... a roller coaster of a whisky. Honey, golden raisins, barley, spicy oak, milk chocolate, seawater, lemon zest.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fairly long, salt, quite grassy and bitter for a moment, but then tamed by honey sweetness and golden raisins.


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