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

€ 336.00

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751 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 21-year-old

77 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 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. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: maritime elegance, light ripe smoke, seaweed, sherry sweetness, lemon zest, vanilla, subtle multi-layered oak, wax, honey, chocolate, coffee, after the first sip more intense oranges, more wood voluminous but never intrusive
    Taste: from sweet-salty wood on the train freshly fruity acidity flows, oranges and grapefruits flood the mouth, chocolate notes and nuts show up briefly, then mint and eucalyptus on the tongue spreads - all accompanied by ripe fine-spicy oak to the is not dominant at any time and produces a nice dry prick on the tongue - but I only drink it in tiny sips, they become too big, the oak goes over bitterly, here you can clearly notice the age complex, complex, elegant without too weak to be
    Conclusion: A great malt with decent alcohol, but you have to take a little time, one of my favorite regulars in my bar, the bottle is getting better the longer it is open, after opening were less Sherrynoten to find
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Gigiomix scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Jim Murray is right: this product is exceptional. A real explosion of everything related to the sea: full and exciting on the nose and on the palate, salty and salty, with a sweet background of honey and spicy spices. Very complex, but extremely balanced, to be meditated for at least half an hour before understanding it: he likes it immediately, but his soul is complicated and varied. We can almost talk to each other. If you have a flavor you like in mind, you can find it inside if not the first to the second sip. And the ending? It remains inside you and conquers you with its length and sweetness, in contrast with its "maritime" origins. Undoubtedly deserves the highest marks, to try at least once in a lifetime. Impossible not to live in the cabinet for a malt lover, it is worth every penny. I would say THE whisky!

  8. Slemr scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    Well balanced and very tasty

  9. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    So, don't forget here that he is 4 years older than the grandiose 17. He also uses that very solidly. And so please bring your time. Compared to the 17, he clearly plays in a different league. I will come back to this as soon as I have several samples. Because 2cl don't do justice to this dram. Nevertheless, many thanks to André for the opportunity to have a look here.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Floral, fruity and much more mature than the 17. But I'm a little surprised, because the nose is very reserved. There are vanilla cookies and dark sweetness. Refreshing malty. The delicate smoke combines leather with hay. In addition, several nouns of fruitiness. Floral and fresh with green tea notes. And during my walk by the sea I peel an orange.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Rich, sweet, salty and much more balanced than the nose. Creamy and oily mouthfeel. The light fruit basket is garnished with delicate flowers. Is there rose water? In addition there are bitter oranges and now a little umami mouthfeel with a lot of body and depth. Less fruit, but grassy and malty. Soft spices with light pepper and waxed wood. The salty and bitter fruity now limit the reasonable work. Very cool, now I'm challenged. Because these 2cl are not enough. Vanilla and sweet caramel are added. I am sure that only a few want to understand this whisky because it is much too lengthy and complex. I like that. I will definitely get more samples. Am thrilled. Exactly mine. Wow.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to rather long. Bittersweet he hides the smoke. The wood looks dominant towards polished oak. It remains a "pleasant" mixture of grassy fruitiness with dominating bitter oranges. The bitter and the salty fruit remain and have a strong after-effect. A very special smoke rises from the empty glass. I like it a lot. Grandiose.

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very well balanced pour that hits many of the right notes, sweet, salty, spicy, creamy.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet malt, apple juice, apricot, light brine, barrel char/light smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sea salt, oak and oak spice, honey, caramel, white pepper
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, honey, oak, salinity, milk chocolate


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