Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Coastal Series
Pineau des Charentes Wine Cask Matured
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 sep 2022 12:08 pm by maltaholic

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€ 85.62

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Whisky reviews for Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.37 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [January 2022] What a strange combo! I guess most people do not even know what "Pineau des Charentes" wine taste all about, let alone a whisky finished in such strange casks...

    ..which is truly strange, indeed. The malt is clearly too young ("paedophil"), and the wine cannot compensate for this. Another experiment which was bound to fail (except for the controllers who want to generate as much money as possible in as short time as possible). Try a dram first, before buying a bottle...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is deep copper, and the nose offers an immature malt and unusual wine profile, hence something rather strange. To be honest, this is not to my liking as the immature whisky aromas completely dominate.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is still somewhat immature, to be honest - which mainly comes from the malt side. The wine is okay but cannot compensate for the rather annoying young malt's flavours. Not my cup of whisky, sorry folks.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives punchy and peppery on my palate, in a blind setting I would have guessed a cask strength edition way above the actual 46% abv. The finish is of medium length and and stays on the sweet (winey) side of the dram, without adding new impressions.

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  3. Lorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I'm surprised. Positive. The nose is adorable. 85 points.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly intense for the alcohol content. A fruit basket with countless fruits. apples, pears. But also pineapple, passion fruit and much more. This omnipresent fruit shock is something that prevents more from coming. But that is quite impressive.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity - who would have thought it? Fruit salad. Add a few almonds. Really not from bad parents!
    • Finish
      Short to medium long, the fruits cannot last that long after all.

  4. ThorstenH scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    1st dram of a sample tonight. Quite sharp for 46%. The alcohol dominates for me. Indicated fruitiness, with a maritime influence. Let's see how the 2nd dram is in a few days.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Strong golden hue that spontaneously reminds me of mead. Also in the nose I immediately have the scent of a spicy, well-matured mead, certainly also influenced by the eye. Then green pepper, orange tea, apricot jam and a kind of woody-balsamic notes. Are there walnuts too? In any case, also nutty flavors. Floral notes and wax join later. I write down rose petals. And the waxy? Beekeepers sometimes sell self-rolled beeswax candles at Christmas markets, that's about it.

    Pleasant velvety mouthfeel. At the beginning a slightly ethereal, almost cooling character, which then, as soon as the alcohol sets in with its 46% ABV, has a warming but never pungent effect. good balance Here, too, I find the spicy, not overly sweet honey wine from the nose. Very occasionally, barrel-aged mead can also be found at medieval markets, which sometimes transports pleasant aromas of wood in addition to the honey sweetness. This is where our Pineau put me. It remains fruity and also a bit mineral, but unlike other Old Pulteneys I've tasted in the recent past. Amarettini and dark chocolate follow on the palate. Not extremely cocoa or dry, but creamy and tasty.

    The aftertaste is actually not quite as long as I had imagined based on the intense taste. Of course, the ubiquitous vinous honey notes remain. Towards the end it becomes almond and again a bit chocolatey. No real misses. Not bitter, woody or even sulphurous. When I first tasted it, I thought it had sulphur, but this seems to be more of a spicy oak influence, as the notes do not weigh down the tongue uncomfortably and the supposed sulfur does not float to the surface even when water is added. Overall a very round, sweet Old Pulteney. Do I miss the salty-maritime, i.e. the defining basic character of the Old Pulteneys, which I appreciate so much, especially on the 12yo?

    Well, it would probably have been the icing on the cake. However, the malt has its own character, which, as is so often the case with modern sherry, port or sweet wine storage, is strongly barrel-driven. Quite exciting here, because Pineau is largely unknown in Germany and the aroma profile in the whisky is 'special' as a result.

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  6. notesofmalt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, 46% alc. Original bottling (2022, Coastal Series). Aging: Bourbon casks, finished in Pineau des Charentes wine casks

    Nose: Juicy orange wedges in diluted honey, along with apricot jam and peach liqueur. This creamy sweetness lingers quite a long time in the glass, the Pulteney needs a lot of time to open up further. There is then some tree resin and a light wood spice, I can also smell a delicate herbal note.

    Palate: The honey has a stronger effect, peanuts are added, then roasted almonds and the fruit aromas on the nose. The spices seem much stronger, some nutmeg and pepper, there is also a hint of cinnamon. The oak wood has an intense effect and contributes to bitter fir trees.

    Finish: Medium length, creamy sweetness meets bitter caramel, latte and strong spices.

    Conclusion: A delicious whisky, certainly, creamy sweet anyway. But the "Maritime Malt" is no longer recognizable, the post-maturation has settled too much on the whisky. Well-crafted daily dram. 83/100 points (2022).

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Apparently, spirit was left maturing in a number of these Charentes casks for far longer than originally planned – around 5 years. Fortunately, they at Pulteney were pleasantly surprised by the results.

    C: More basic with water, but overall, this works very well – solid Old Pulteney with a twist.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Is it the Pulteney I know and love? No. Is it a good whisky? Absolutely.
    • Nose
      Not the most expressive at first, but it opens up on mineral notes (think ozone and wet pebbles), walnuts, and some chalk, but with apricot marmalade, sultanas and orange zest to back things up. Finally hints of rose petals and a pinch of cinnamon. It also becomes sweeter over time with honey leading the way.
    • Taste
      Mouthfeel works well with a nice viscosity. Hints of honey, cracked black peppercorns and a pinch of salt followed by dark caramel, burnt toast and caramelised almonds. Near the end some breakfast tea with rock candy.
    • Finish
      The sweetness slowly expands. Fudge, dark caramel and honey intertwine. Lingering notes of salted peanuts.


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