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Overall rating
88.61/100
votes
803
Whiskybase ID
WB19037
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
American ex-Bourbon and ex-Fino Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
glass print label with age statement in circle
Barcode
5010509060578
Added on
27 Oct 2010 2:02 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 365.12

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803 × member ratings

2048 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 21-year-old

85 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    So, don't forget that it is 4 years older than the already grandiose 17. He uses that very solidly. And so please bring your time. Compared to the 17 he plays clearly in a different league. I'll come back to that as soon as I have several samples. Because 2cl do not do justice to this dram. Nonetheless, many thanks to André for the opportunity to take a look here.
    • Nose
      Flowery, fruity and much more mature than the 17er. But I'm a little surprised, because the nose is very restrained. There are vanilla cookies and dark sweetness. Refreshingly malty. The delicate smoke combines leather with hay. In addition, several nouns of fruitiness. Floral and fresh with notes of green tea. And during my walk by the sea I peel an orange.
    • Taste
      Full, sweet, salty and much more balanced than the nose. Creamy and oily mouthfeel. The light fruit basket is garnished with delicate flower blossoms. Is there rose water? Then 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 white pepper and waxed wood. The salty and bitter fruity border now on the reasonable work. Very cool, now it's my job. Because these 2cl are not enough for that. Vanilla and sweet caramel are added. I am sure that few people want to understand this whisky because it is far too lengthy and complex. I like that. Will definitely get more samples. Am thrilled. Exactly mine. Wow.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather long. Bittersweet he hides the smoke. The wood looks dominant towards polished oak. What remains is a "pleasant" mixture of grassy fruitiness with dominating bitter oranges. The bitter and salty fruit is left over and has a strong effect. A very special smoke rises into the nose from the empty glass. I like it a lot. Great.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It is not super complex but it is drunk too easily ... The bottle empties without realizing it.
    • Nose
      Compote of fruits, citrus fruits, pomelos, precious woods, vanilla.
      It's fresh, tasty and light.
    • Taste
      It's light in the mouth but rather smooth and pleasant. There are notes of citrus, wax and vanilla ... It is citric and spicy.
    • Finish
      Medium, creamy on spices, oak, butter and vanilla.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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

  8. 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
      Lang

  9. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps the best 21 years old bottling. Excellent salty sweet fruity effects. Respectfully Mr.Murray, the 97,5 point I think is a bit overdone. :)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet, fruity, spicy: vanilla and oak, fruits: apricot, banana, mango and pear, honey and sherry, and a light salty sea ... very nice
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sophisticated but firm, creamy flavors: salted caramel, vanilla, pepper, citruses
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, woody, but sweet

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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