Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Wood Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
new glass print label with age statement in circle
Added on
05 Dec 2011 2:45 pm

Average value

€ 375.00

17 × in wishlist

100 × member ratings

214 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 21-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.91 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I wonder what that whisky would be without the sherries
    • Nose
      Very sweet at first, leather, raisins - sherry notes, very nice tangy spicy notes in the background, Erika, rosemary
    • Taste
      Cool onset, sherry notes, nutty, sour notes, slightly bitter, oak, slightly alcoholic
    • Finish
      medium long, slightly bitter, sherry, oak,

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It is a diesel. It
    takes time to warm up, but once it is at cruising speed, it is very good
    indeed. But it is not the best whisky I ever tasted, which makes it the victim
    of its own success, I suppose, as it will never be able to fulfil the sky high
    expectations bestowed upon it by some liquid prophet.
    • Nose
      The first whiff is
      good, but not impressive. White fruit, grains, marzipan, light hint of seaweeds
      and some oak. A trace of smoke, all the way in the back. Vanilla, ginger, aniseed. Develops nicely, though. Roasted nuts, leather and even a hint of peat if you
      ask me. Banana peel. Needs a
      lot of time, though.
    • Taste
      The attack is sweet
      and peppery. Loads of citrus, now. And very briney. Despite the modest ABV, it
      packs some punch. Raisins, orange peel, mint. Caramel and vanilla. This is actually quite complex
      and very good!
    • Finish
      The finish is mildly
      drying with quite some woodspice.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 90 Euro in April, 2012.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90.  My notes state a truly complex maritime profil that is dangerously quaffable...

  4. Dram The Man scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Igor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Good density and depth reveals from the start. Really dense maltiness there, brown butter toffee, cocoa cake. It is quite mellow, notes of milk chocolate, (smooth) oak, candied pineapple, barn-like/thatch-y smell, dry and light, straw-like.
    • Taste
      Soft, nicely paced, continuous progression. Dry at first, then it's getting saltier, salty nuts (pistachio), milky creaminess and just a slight herbaceous acridity. Fern?, medicinal plants coming through.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Creamy, sweet and sour, even salty, but with a little sweetness to it. Nutty.

  6. Alex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fruits, honey, a bit of coffee and lovely oak spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise) all play together in perfect harmony. I like it a lot!

  7. Koloman scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  8. ricallende scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a very pleasant whisky, needs a long dram to enjoy It as It deserves.
    This was Mr Murray's choice as the best whisky in the world (I don't agree)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Snerik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    It's very fascinating that the 21-year old has so much more to offer than the 17-year old, according to my opinion. Somewhat unique, and lovely indeed! 
    • Nose
      Some oak and asparagus at first. Royal Gala apples? Then after a while (and the smallest drop of water ever) comes lovely vanilla, baked with lemon(zest) and marzipan. 
    • Taste
      Salt, seaweed, citrus (lemon zest for the most part), seashells and some liquorice.
    • Finish
      Salt, chili, white peppar with lemon zest and seashells. Lovely!

  10. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Spicy and fruity aroma, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, floral honey, mango, red apples, banana, vanilla and malt. Vanilla sweet taste, ginger, cardamom, mint, grapefruit marmalade, burnt almonds and malt. Medium long, spicy, fruity and malty end.


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