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Old Pulteney 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.84/100
votes
954
Whiskybase ID
WB35356
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
new glass print label with age statement in circle
Barcode
5010509060028
Added on
13 sep 2012 1:01 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 45.24

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 12-year-old

120 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.84 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    As coastal malt from the Northern Highlands, Old Pulteney 12 is unlike many other whiskies: it's not made to be 'pleasant'. What you get is a demanding flavor profile, strength of character and a real personality. On the nose, there is a complex bouquet of bitter honey, tropical fruits, fresh ginger and hints of sea salt. The taste alternates between caramel sweetness, orange zest and savory notes before the oak kicks in and leads to a moderate, herbal crisp and rather dry finish. A rewarding Single Malt that requires time, patience and some experience!

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    The first "basic" dram in a distillery tasting of the new core range.
    The 12 is how I got to know Pulteney and in my opinion where you find most of the distillery profile shining through.
    It's a very good entry level malt, and with the recent price hike it's also where you get the most value for your hard earned cash.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Happy to find the "rewamped" packaging containing an almost unchanged liquid.
      Fresh tropical fruits, sweet and citric with a pinch of salt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      No change in the recipe, this is as good as I remember the old bottling.
      Vanilla fruity sweetness with a spray of citrus zest.
      A hint of seasalt, guess that's why they call it maritime.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium lenght, softly drying with a nutty note.

  3. theograph scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A Einsteigetmalt - for me personally but one of the best. Simple, uncomplicated and really nice to drink. There are better and much more complex single malts, but not for that price!
    PLV: 9/10
    • Nose
      Typical nose: fruity or honey-sweet, pronounced maritime-salty, clearly malty, slightly floury or dusty;
    • Taste
      Soft and sometimes sweet in the taste, a little sparkling or recognizable youthful, very sweet and pronounced maritime-salty, distinct grain or malt flavors, lemon and vanilla, slightly sour towards the end;
    • Finish
      Not particularly long and with a slightly sour note - salt, wood and lemon dominate;

  4. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    quite a good dram. I really like this kind of profile.
    the nose is the best part of this whisky.
    86/100
    • Nose
      reminds me of clynelish 14yo and oban 14yo because of the loveable mixture of fresh sea breeze, the minerality, citrus and apple fruitiness and the light beeswax notes. light vanilla notes.
      it´s what I call a coastal nose.
    • Taste
      despite the low ABV this is not thin or weakish.
      coastal, mineral, waxy, slightly woody. becoming relatively dry. but the palate does not quite deliver what the nose has promised.
    • Finish
      medium to short, rather dry and a little woody.

  5. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    It has been a good few years since I have had this whisky, and the high standard is still there.
    • Nose
      Lemon, Buttercup, cardboard box, some wet grass and honey, give it a twirl and there are some green leaves and white chocolate.
    • Taste
      Very smooth, floral and grassy. It goes down well, very pleasant, you can taste the saltiness as I did with the last bottle I had, there is also some lemon citrus in there.
    • Finish
      A very nice medium lemon finish with a pinch of salt on the death.

  6. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Old pultney 12
    • Nose
      N: immediately positively surprised by the dirty nose. It is a bit dusty with a salty sea smell in it. Vanilla. Little polish. Pickled meat. Oak wood, fruity. Oil. It also has some floral scents. And a lot more fruit than you might think. For me, the saltiness really stands out.
    • Taste
      P: the sea influences are less here. Caramel. Oak wood, orange. Here you can taste that it only has 40% alcohol. Vanilla and after a few sips the saltiness comes up a bit more. Smooth and somewhat grassy.
    • Finish
      F: wood. Short. Bit dry to say the least. With citrus and again the sea influences. There is also a nice spiciness here.

  7. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice maritime whisky. That means: Fresh sea air, salty and yet smooth.
    Could take 3-6 turns more, but at the price you can't complain. With the next bottle there are also notes. It went empty too quickly: D Actually 86 pts plus a sympathy point :)

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/on-location-pulteney/

    With 100% bourbon maturation, this is Pulteney’s biggest seller. I had a bottle back in 2013 and liked it, though not nearly as much as the 17yo.

    N: Somewhat dunnage-y though with a very understated bourbon cask influence overall. Some brine/oil, a brown paper bag and a complex sweaty saltiness.
    T: Sharp clean oily bourbon. A little water brings an almost fruity oily bourbon husky Fimo setup, some light vanilla sponge and very light fruits. Chew for a salty light sweet, milk chocolate spirity oily mouthful.
    F: Long new make-like finish on coppery raisin-y cereal.
    C: This is well made whisky with the distillate at its heart, due in part to the rather soft cask [refill] influence – perfect for longer maturation hence why the 17 & 21yo are a step up IMHO.Scores a C-

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    For a young malt a very good quality, despite the 40% spicy without being sprightly, the 12er reminds me very much of West Coast Malts with its waxy notes and saltiness.
    • Nose
      Oak with a slightly restrained sweetness and increasingly strong acidity, oak, sawdust, some malt, candle wax, oranges and apricots
    • Taste
      oily smooth but rather thin, toffee with nuts, well integrated alcohol, immediately oak prickles on the tongue, resinous sawdust is on the tongue and exudes a little mint, spice and vanilla fill the mouth, a subtle hint of salt comes on, now also subtle fruits come In addition, apricots and delicate orange tones meet salty bitter almond
    • Finish
      medium in length, slightly bitter, nutty, warming with strong spiciness on the tongue

  10. Dramned! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    In the nose, the standard of Old Pulteney is very fruity, especially the apricots and bananas are very clear. The much-vowed maritime or even salty notes I can perceive with goodwill only in tracks - because I am much stronger used and have probably expected too much here. In the mouth he has for the lashing 40% a surprisingly strong start, but it abates pretty quickly and gives way to a creamy malt sweetness. A harsh oak comes through pretty strong and later also bright fruits and a fine spiciness. Again, the sea is rather restrained.
    All in all, not the expected storm in the whisky glass, rather a pleasant balmy breeze. Not bad for a standard, but not really good either. But I'll try more from this distillery because potential has it! Ahoy!
    • Nose
      Apricot jam, overripe bananas, rum raisins, pears, barely alcohol, maritime notes are very late and very restrained.
    • Taste
      Despite only 40% more powerful but only short onset, malty-creamy sweetness, oak, dryness, bright fruits, grapes, later come also approaches of sea flavors
    • Finish
      Medium long, tart oak, a nice sweet spice, little fruitiness, shortbread,

  11. HammerHead scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nose: fresh and salty sea breeze, vailla, green apple and lemon.
    Taste: white fruits, like pear and galia melon, some faint honey note.
    Medium finish with honey, saltyness and a grapefruit like bitterness.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  12. Koning scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    When I bought this bottle I expected a sturdy maritime malt. It's a bit briny indeed, but very gentle. Best described as grapefuit and salty but overly sweet vanilla fudge both subdued into creaminess.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, vanilla, sweet candy, sea air, green tea, subtle peat
    • Taste
      Oily, soft, and creamy. Also briny, grapefruit, and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Sour fruits (grapefruit), candy shop, salty and a dry finish, reminiscent of bitter black tea

  13. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Happy to find this old bottle on sale for ¥2980.

    Appearance: Medium orange-amber.

    Nose: Rich malt sugar, caramel, vanilla, brine, ginger-like spice, bit of citrus.

    Palate: Caramel, vanilla crème, spices, bit of salt, oak. Toasty.

    Finish: Toasted oak, honey, vanilla. Slightly bitter.

    Overall: Solid. Rich malt, nice age, good and spicy with a maritime feel but not smoky. Not really standing out in any way, but quite lovely. I liked it more than the new version in the 50 ml bottle.

  14. hzs275 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  15. og187 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      peach puree, salty surf breeze, meadow flowers, freshness, candied honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweetly prickly, fruit lollipops duchess, bitterness
    • Finish
      81 81
      rustic warming, not long

  16. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    My stepfather surprised me with this fine whisky very drinkable and soft
    • Nose
      77 77
      Fresh, floral, fine mix of herbs and especially soft
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft, has a nice character, salty taste with a fruity touch but more spicy fruity
    • Finish
      68 68
      Fairly short but still a full flavor

  17. Marcel74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately too low in alcohol but it is an easy whisky to drink..
    • Nose
      Bourbon -> honey, yellow fruit, sweet and grains
    • Taste
      Very soft, a bit dusty, and again the grains and the typical bourbon characteristics
    • Finish
      Map

  18. Burch scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Notes from 8/26/14:

    Nose: Banana bread, harbor sea air, nuts.
    Palate: Full, a bit oily, spice and salt. Some grass and cereal.
    Finish: In the same key but drier.

    Pulteney really lives up to it's "Maritime Malt" name. I do like this whisky.

  19. Foudos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. sarthur71 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      simple, rather dull, fruity-sherry, brackish-sea, absolutely not brewed
    • Taste
      80 80
      rather salty, watery-spicy, at the end - a wave of burning spices
    • Finish
      80 80
      short, slightly alcoholic, also salty, dry and noticeably malty

  21. Gweddry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      honey, lime, green apple, buns, lemon, bananas, sweet flowers, sea air, walnuts, sweet orange, sultanas
    • Taste
      sweet, delicate, citrus, honey, flowers, buns, apple, a trace of salinity
    • Finish
      nuts, flower honey, buns, sweet, sultanas, marshmallow, mead

  22. glendronach64 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Good entry-level whisky at a fair price.
    • Nose
      65 65
      Fruity, floral, flowery, sweet
    • Taste
      70 70
      Quite intense for its 40%, still sweet, fruity, some Williams pear appears short
    • Finish
      60 60
      Unfortunately only a short finish, despite its intensity it quickly disappeared from the palate, there is a slight bitterness.

  23. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant surprise. Very 'authentic' and 'honest'. Next to Highland Park 12 (2015) it's a bit less substantial, so 82 pts. vs HP's 83.
    • Nose
      Coastal, slightly salty at first whiff. Also yeasty, malty and grassy.with some flower petals. It's all a bit faint, though.
    • Taste
      The body is not as flat as 40 % would lead one to expect. There is no obvious wateriness. Oddly satisfying is what it is, with nearly no obvious touches of wood which makes it stand out in the modern market. A bright juicy note, cantaloupe maybe. A faint note of potato chips. The ever so slight booziness reduces the score a bit though.
    • Finish
      Not very long but sufficient for such a low strength, with no flaws.

  24. Kilo1 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Quite a pleasant malt, I think it's worth buying yourself a bottle, I wonder what age he is. On the nose, the skin is sweet in places, even sugary in taste, the smoke of the spruce perceptibly pleasantly completes the picture. Very drink

  25. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A good standard with a very good price-benefit ratio. On the nose, sweet and spicy honey, light fruits, plus something salty and maritime - I like it. Not new in the mouth, but the existing one is strong enough with a reasonably long finish.

    It is hard to imagine how well this malt would come across with 43% or even 46% ...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Light salty aroma, a little bit fruity and salty on taste. Nice one.

  27. Kermel scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Complex mix of salty, malty, fruity and sweet. Very nice one.
    • Nose
      Malt, salt and exotic fruits
    • Taste
      Flowery and honey, hints of citruses
    • Finish
      Long lasting, very nice mix

  28. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  29. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very competent whisky. Uniquely own style.
    • Nose
      85 85
      No water: salty/briny, Brusselles' sprouts, floral sweetness, vanilla hint, light citrus.
      With water: more briny, quickly entering sweet floral perfume, hints of fresh grass.
    • Taste
      84 84
      No water: sweet and salty arrival. Citrussy development of lime and oranges.
      With water: sweet, salty and citrus arrival. Nice development in citrus of oranges and hints of lime, vanilla sweetness.
    • Finish
      83 83
      No water: slightly bitter and sour.
      But with water: nice, tongue-coating and soft finish of sour and sweetness.

  30. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Nice entry level whisky. Coastal aromas mixed with tropical fruit.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/blind-challenge-christmas-2019/

    Colour: Gold
    N: Not dissimilar to #2 [B], but more mature with firm honey notes and syrup-ed ripe tinned fruits.
    N take 2: On my 2nd sweep I pick out more layers and a thicker coating of fruits with a [dusty] creaminess and floral essential oiliness. There’s a hint of emulsion or perhaps metal paint lightly brushed over those honeyed creamy fruits with only the lightest sprinkling of sawdust. I’d say the abv maybe slightly higher than the previous two but there’s not a great deal in it.
    T: Very pleasing and congenial arrival and subsequent chewy development. Raisin-y and malty though also oaky, so fairly balanced throughout.
    F: Still fruity > citrusy with a slight raisin-y-oaky heat into the finish. Fairly long blended oaky > barley-putty dry finish, eventually with a bread crumb conclusion.
    C: Now I’m committed to the Irish route, I’m guessing Bushmills 12 for now. Provisionally scores 83 points.

    ROUND 2
    I piece together a summary of my guess-work:
    Now I’m committed to the Irish route I’m guessing Bushmills 12yo but I could have easily gone off-piste. [83]

    ROUND 3
    So I’m fairly certain this is the 12yo. Could this be a Balvenie 12 Doublewood with those light-yet-focused barley & citrus oils with an underlying putty base? Maybe it’s a Bruichladdich, though I’m more inclined towards Speyside than Islay. It’s not as fluffy on the palate as I’d expect from Balvenie though the barley putty-porridge and savoury-sweet citrus notes ring true. It’s far less Irish now I’ve already picked out the Bushmills. The finish is short yet true and humming with herbal toffee.

    REVEALED: I haven’t had Old Pulteney for a few years [WLP80]. Years before those years, the 12yo used to be salty, very salty but the profile has certainly changed since the 12yo & 17yo exploded onto the market in 2011/12. I was correct on age but distillery, nah. I’m told the bottle however is very tired [any excuse].

    Final score: 83 points

  33. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. AdamsB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Silver medalist 2015 at the International wine and spirits competition
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lemon, Vanilla, Banana, Sea breeze
    • Taste
      80 80
      Orange, Vanilla, Oak, Caramel, Toffee
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oak, Grass, Salt

  35. RobIsrael scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very nice whisky for the money. I would suggest to higher the price and give it 43/46% and no-caramel.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Typical Pulteney nose, kind of mix of sweet and sour notes in a fresh way. Little bit of vanilla not too much and white fruits, maybe some winegums.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Little thin because of the 40%, but very fresh, oily and again the sweet-sour mix, (honey-herbal).
    • Finish
      80 80
      Finish is short, some oak and honey in the after taste, weak point on this great whisky.

  36. Martin1965 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus and orange notes, sea breeze
    • Taste
      Fruity and dry, spicy with oak
    • Finish
      Medium long with slight saltiness

      Very nice flavors, good 12er

  37. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    They say it's a sea malt. Indeed you can smell iodine, foam, tide, salt, kelp and even sand. Very light smoke and white grapes. A few drops of Sauternes. Lemon peel. The latter lasts on the palate, it is quite velvety, oily, sweetly peppery, wood, caramel, yellow plums. The lemon is stubborn in the final, it is warm, sparkling, not too short, a little dry, malty, salty.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/old-pulteney-12-yo.html
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  38. whiskyd scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      70 70

  39. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A unique whisky. It has flavors that you do not taste in many other whiskys, and vice versa. Also a good price / quality ratio. It lacks some depth in the taste, and the aftertaste is slightly too bitter.
    • Nose
      Salty, grain, apple, wood
    • Taste
      Salt and apple are not only in the nose, but also in taste. Furthermore: sweet, bitter (such as beer or tea), and a touch of coconut.
    • Finish
      Bitter, notes.

  40. bikenerd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the nose is the best part
    • Nose
      malt, sweet, tropical fruits, soap, vanilla, nuts
    • Taste
      caramel sweet, light fruity, salt, nuts?, honey, herbal,
    • Finish
      medium, caramel

  41. bikenerd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. Whisky101 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A great dram and it hits above its weight, by that I mean it tastes more than 40%, so long as you don't add water (maybe just one drop is ok). 
    • Nose
      A more savoury nose with whiffs of sea air. I get light oils, grassy notes or slightly herbal, some honey sweetness in the background. 
    • Taste
      Rich and dry, quite different to the nose as you now get spice, toffee sweetness, some dried fruit and nuttiness but still quite light (not dark like fruit cake).   A drop of water opens up far more fruitiness. You get more cream and vanilla notes, which is nice but I like it without water and to have more bite. 
    • Finish
      Medium.  Oak and toffee or fruit (if you added water)

  43. Myst111 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Spicy, Sweet fruity (mixture of tropical sweet citrus fruits), In the background light smoke, cereals and green apple can be recognized after some time. Very complex nose for 40% Taste: Very dry, honey, cereals, bitter finish: pepper, bitterness, salty, mid-length Summary: Unfortunately, the taste does not keep what the nose promises. Although the price performance is consistently ok, the finish scares me but clearly from a recent purchase.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  44. Lorion scored this whisky 59 points Expert Senior

    Well, the nose saves the whisky on 59 points.
    • Nose
      Floral and malty. After a few seconds it will be sweet. The alcohol is palpable and cools the nose. Something herbaceous, almost salty comes to it. Light vanilla. Lemon peel is also present. After some time, the nose is sometimes really nice and sweet. Unfortunately, that does not stay long.
    • Taste
      Light, malty, a little sweet. Spicy. Somewhat flat. Alcohol is there.
    • Finish
      Rather short, a light malty and a bit bitter remains.

  45. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. RR60 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. kwt0221 scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    Medium body. Very easy to drink and very reasonable price. Highly recommend for whisky beginner.
    • Nose
      Light and refreshing. Green apple, oak, yellow fruits . Slight smokiness
    • Taste
      Saltiness, oily,  tropical fruits, caramel, honey
    • Finish
      Dry, medium finish.

  49. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Solid, slightly more robust standard, despite 40% not soft washed, I like to drink and is well settled in the 30-euro region.
    • Nose
      for 40% quite strong, caramel, dry fruits, cereals, slightly woody-spicy, comes a bit gruffy / dirty over, could be a hint of smoke, but maritime I do not find him
    • Taste
      40% good performance, caramel, nougat, wood, grain, sawdust, starts soft and oily and is always dry in the mouth, then it comes to a slight bitterness
    • Finish
      medium, first oily with nougat, then pepper and salt

  50. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The surprisingly attractive mole, open, simple, perfectly balanced, with a minimum strength is quite rich and invigorating. One of the best basic whisky, and considering the price / quality ratio - the first candidate for permanent residence in your bar and the ideal option for beginners.
    • Nose
      Bright, fresh, open, flower-lemon, brackish-marine, lemonade, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Oak-mineral, fresh, spices - pepper, ginger, cardamom, fruit compote.
    • Finish
      Crusts of mandarins, bitter young bark, light sweetness, cinnamon, ginger.

  51. valery77 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  52. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  53. Jeig scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Light to medium body. Very easy to drink and affordable. Highly recommend for whisky beginner or daily dram in the early evening.
    • Nose
      Light and refreshing. Green apple, oak. Slight hint of smokiness
    • Taste
      Saltiness, oily. Tropical fruits, jack fruit, guava. A little drop of water does help opening the flavour, but not too much water as it's just 40%
    • Finish
      Dry, medium finish. Dry fruits comes at the very end.

  54. Goethe scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Easy Old Pulteney with a dominating vanilla.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Floral, some white wine, yellow fruits, vanilla. some hay.
    • Taste
      Yellow fruits, nectarines, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Short. Vanilla, grapefruit.

  55. Cù Bòcan scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. Grebes64 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  57. Grebes64 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A nice dram
    • Nose
      Straw, seaweed, hint of vanilla essence and Orange zest.
    • Taste
      Light arrival deepening to Seville Oranges. Slightly salty, honey, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Short finish, Slight grapefruit with a hint of vanilla

  58. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The nose is much better than the taste. But goes through as a suede Allday dram.
    • Nose
      Equally fruity-malty in the nose. Green apples, oranges, honey. Behind it salty dry, slightly martin. Some grass and hay are also there.
    • Taste
      Waessrig on the tongue. Malt, nut, a little butterscotch, slightly peppery and floral.
    • Finish
      Short and dry, a little nut, coffee and oak.

  59. Andytka3 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Crisp and clean. Soft fragrant of dusting powder first with pineapple
    note. Mineral and coaster. Quite hidden, or may be I had been trying one
    too many today.

    Palate:- Astringent with notes of mineral salt, coaster.
    Light body.

    Finish:- Medium and spicy finish with vanilla appear from nowhere.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  60. ffmdino scored this whisky 25 points Connoisseur

    nothing that excites me
    • Nose
      strong nut, slightly vanilla, pear, hair spray
    • Taste
      soft, nutty, waffles, fruit, coconut
    • Finish
      short with oak

  61. vojt466 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, honey and woody and .. salty - such a basic single malt, why not ..
    • Nose
      Salt combined with honey sweetness, wax, vanilla, dried fruit (raisins), hazelnuts in honey
    • Taste
      The woody sweet taste - caramel, vanilla, honey, spice, grep, again is a little bit of salt.
    • Finish
      In reverberation, woodiness, caramel and vanilla, and a bit of bitterness and salt at the end of what can survive. Medium long

  62. Zumbar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  63. Frank Dandy scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  64. steinrich scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  65. Laga93 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  66. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  67. Koalafant scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    After the nose developed so promising, the palate on the palate is an absolute disappointment: no strength, no clear aromas. The echo also sounds extremely short and meaningless.
    (65/100)
    • Nose
      Mild, slightly sherry-toned nose, plus hay and thyme. After a while, it gets a bit more fruity ... raspberry and tangerine join.
    • Taste
      An indefinable potpourri of flavors ... unfortunately a bit flat and one-dimensional
    • Finish
      short

  68. Dramned! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  69. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    This was a gift off a friend, and it was a pleasure to revisit this classic malt.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  70. Patrick93 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  71. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  72. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  73. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Fresh, salty, appetizing. Pre-dinner.
    • Nose
      Dry. Peat, grass, sweet broom.
    • Taste
      Light. Still honey and nuts, but oilier.
    • Finish
      Oily. Soothing. Very salty.

  74. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  75. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    my first Pulteney, surprised in a very positive way, a bit too sweet but lots of unusual and nice flavours, reminds me of a smooth calvados, definitely something I will explore further
    • Nose
      right after pouring and not putting my nose to deep in there were notes of a sweet mild cigar, a bit salty, very pleasant sweet fruit dominated by apricot and peach, honey notes, saturated oak
    • Taste
      full on deliciouse apricot juice, red apples and some banana, turns to liquerice (sweet and salty like the soft Panda) a little spicy warmth
    • Finish
      a little salty, very nice ballance between sweet and sour dryness

  76. Othorion scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad entry point, but nothing that tears you off your stool
    • Nose
      Equally salty sea air, pear, apricot, a hint of lavender, honey cereal cereals, spring meadow
    • Taste
      Strong onset, powerful but quickly diminishing, grapes, malty notes, nice interplay between sweet, salty and a slightly astringent dryness
    • Finish
      Rather short remaining fruit, then medium-long slightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate and continue to salty

  77. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  78. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Not sure why it got rather low rating because for me this is a clear winner - in particular if you look at the very reasonable price. It's a clear buy!
    • Nose
      Salty, mineral, tropical fruits, bananas, pineapples, apricots
    • Taste
      Very oily and liquorice, nice fruitiness from apricots, good sweetness, little salty
    • Finish
      Medium long and still fruity

  79. martinni scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  80. jankes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  81. Dramned! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  82. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not the most complex of whsikies, but excellent VFM.
    • Nose
      Dry fruit. Honey. Light salt. Balsa wood. Pears in custard. Bread pudding. Floral. 
    • Taste
      Sticky wood. Woodspice. Honey. Salty toffee. Nuts. 
    • Finish
      Medium. Salt. Woodspice. Stewed fruit. 

  83. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Great entry-level whisky for the money
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  84. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: ripe bright fruits, malt, floarl, vanilla, maritime
    Taste: malt, spicy, salty, oak
    Finish: medium long, salty, fruity, some oak

  85. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 08-12-2014
    • Nose
      Flowers, sweet, apples, bananas and tropical fruit. With water: salty sea air and a lot of honey
    • Taste
      Sour lemons, sea water, notes of herbs, little bitterness
    • Finish
      Medium, slightly spicy, little sea salt and nuts

  86. Betsie scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  87. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A complete classic. Delicious and excellent.
    • Nose
      It's like eating honey by the sea washed down with strong malty beer.
    • Taste
      Sweet and rich with sea salt and toffee. More beer barley, some boiled sweets and sweet oak. Milky coffee and a touch of citrus. Some baking spices towards the end.
    • Finish
      Smooth and lip smacking.

  88. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Salty, maritime notes as expected. Very drinkable and pleasant.

  89. Skiddilly scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Because there is maritime on the bottle, I expected a more salty whisky. On the contrary, it is a freely accessible soft whisky with a small salt.
    • Nose
      Soft, flowers, green apples, little salt, some smoke in the background.
    • Taste
      Soft, some salt, followed by bitter-sweet as grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Quite short, first salt, then bitter and sour, eventually spicy until he wiped away.

  90. Fable scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  91. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  92. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A good to very good standard whisky with very good value for money.
    • Nose
      The nose is floral and light at first contact. Nussive notes are already playing in the background, becoming more dominant after increasing veiling. Some lemon is to be found.
    • Taste
      Full citrus flavor characterizes the first impression on the palate. Fresh and fruity, it glides over the tongue. In addition, the taste of fresh salty bread dough. Over time, oak flavors are found. Drying. The nose aroma from the nose returns and remains until the end.
    • Finish
      Medium. He leaves a hint of salty sea aroma.

  93. Koloman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For a 12 year old whisky with (only) 40% ABV: Grandios!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  94. zinaf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very exciting nose that is not matched fully by the palate. I liked more the previous version I tried (with 12 in the square)
    Still very nice whisky in a very distinct flavour profile. Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Malty at first - porridge, cereals; hint of grass; bitter almonds; sour green apple; bee's wax.
      Then some briny note comes.
      Then goes into sweet and fruity - baked apples, apricot distillate, ripe banana. Sweet and creamy nose - vanilla.
      Fresh oak wood is also present.
      After some more time - candied lemons; lemon grass.
      Brine 
    • Taste
      Light and mellow, needs a bit more ABV.
      Citrus, grass, light sweetness; bitter on the tongue.
    • Finish
      On the short side - nicely drying and light sweetness till the end.

  95. Fight65 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  96. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I find it too simple, mono-dimensional, characterless.
    • Nose
      standing at the sea side, rough storms, holding a tumbler of gin tonic. I also get candied apple peel, vanilla, a little ginger and some oak-wood.
    • Taste
      light body, pretty salty, wax, honey, malt, vanilla, oak.
    • Finish
      rather short, just a quick fading out of the palate.

  97. Laga93 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  98. JimmyLeg scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Neat
    Nose: Got a meaty note (pork roast?) Lemon. Mint. Salty. Clementine. With time a slight smokiness appears.
    Palate: Citrus. Honey. Creamy soda finish.
    Notes: First whisky I ever purchased and one of my favourite standard whiskies. The value and honey/citrus/salt balance make it a fixture on my shelves and an excellent starting point for anyone.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      77 77

  99. Matt80 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Not a favorite although a touch of water helps with the bitterness.
    • Nose
      A mixture of sweet honey and fudge
    • Taste
      Initially honey hits but gives way to spice and pepper with a slight acidic note
    • Finish
      Peppery but turning bitter.

  100. Gloin scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A standard whisky, has something of everything, but nothing really, is thereby meaningless and boring Blind tasting!
    • Nose
      Red apples, lemon, but also light sherry flavors, behind it could even be a hint of smoke, but maybe that's just my imagination. Something herbal is also there. All this is intricately interwoven and not so easy to decipher
    • Taste
      Light body, quite sweet, fruity, again with apples and citrus notes. On the palate, I notice no sherry, as well as no smoke
    • Finish
      Something malty, delicate bitterness, a touch of oak, not very long

  101. LordBellamy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: malt, barley, salt, honey, toasted bread, subtle fruit Taste: sweet malt, slightly maritime, vanilla, slightly creamy Finish: medium, sweet salt, cereals, dry, hardly oak Conclusion: a good, solid malt

  102. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  103. Whiskyinagogo scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A reasonably complex and well executed dram for a standard entry level bottling. 
    • Nose
      Some nuts (maybe almonds), obviously coastal in nature, some fruit, sweet shop characteristics, typical Pulteney brine and hessian notes, and a vague banana note.
    • Taste
      An elusively sweet arrival, creamy coconut notes, some apples, and brine.
    • Finish
      A medium finish, increasingly salty, with some almond notes.

  104. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  105. Safran scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Light, fruity and slightly briny - with some very gentle smoke. Breakfast malt. Lacks of charisma, but worth trying for some light malts lovers.
    • Nose
      Light citrus fruits aroma with hints of sea air and salt.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, citrus fruits and flowers.. some heather comes after with notes of spicy, salty malt.
    • Finish
      Medium long, with some hints of salty malt and honey.

  106. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  107. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Maritime, some peat, fruity (apple, apricot, banana) and floral notes
    • Taste
      Clean, fresh, tropical fruit, floral, some honey and vanilla
    • Finish
      Short, herbal, fresh

  108. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good approachable entry level malt. Full of flavors and very delicious.

    (Rating interval 82-85)
    • Nose
      Some green apples and exotic fruits. Slightly nutty, maybe marzipan or chops. Some oak and resin. 
    • Taste
      Bitter and sweet delivery, with lemon and green apples, resin again. Some sweetness in it, I would say white sugar or chops with toffee and vanilla..
    • Finish
      The finish is short and floral (jasmine) which disappear quickly in subtle sweetness and just a hint of brine.

  109. ThS scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malty, waxy, hop flower and yellow peach in honey with a hint of salt.
    • Taste
      Oily, a little flat and watery on biscuity cereals.
    • Finish
      Short, malty and floral.

  110. Xstream scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely loved it. Considering the price a budget topper. Creamy, vanilla, mineral and mildly salty and spicy. 

    But it loses it's flavor very quickly. Only 2 months after opening it already lost most of it's flavors. Leaving a very bitter spirit & medicinal like finish. 

  111. Achany scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  112. addyhd scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73

  113. Taita scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky, mild but with some character

    I couldn't find the salty touch
    • Nose
      Fresh fruits (mellon , apple, pear), fresh hay, some wood
    • Taste
      Mild, fresh and sweet, honey, caramel, hazelnuts
    • Finish
      mild and sweet, some pepper and herbs on the background

  114. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Surely a reliable flagship, you can't go wrong with it.
    • Nose
      Exuberant fresh fruits: white apple, mango, melon, pumpkin. Mild varnished wood emerge, nuts, green turf, juniper berries, cedar, heath. Intensified vanilla notes similar to cream soda come up soon after.
    • Taste
      Light-bodied, in all likelihood. Clean. Neither thin nor fat but with emphatic bourbon(y) motives, gentle honey touch, sawdust, salty avocado, hazelnuts. Everything is imbued with lovely maritime saltiness.
    • Finish
      Peppery, quite savoury, briny, lemony, refreshful. Apt medium long finish.

  115. Den Blieken scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  116. sicco scored this whisky 63 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      56 56
    • Finish
      60 60

  117. DramWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Balance: ( 24/25)

    I have always enjoyed Old Pulteney, and this one took longer to open up after opening than others, but when it did, wow just as good as I remember. 
    • Nose
      ( 21/25) A lot of malt and salted mango's.  Some other nice fruit juices there as well, but sweet malt, and salted fruits is the main influence. 
    • Taste
      ( 22/25) Salted caramel, and dried mangos, apricots and peaches.  Some wood spices come through later on. 
    • Finish
      ( 21/25) A lot of mango, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg.  

  118. LukeFive scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Good value for money.

    I tried it and I am moving forward. It is interesting dram but its not for me. there is something I dislike about this particular version. 

  119. LukeFive scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      73 73

  120. Angelos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice pleasant single malt, recommended
    • Nose
      Intense with fruity notes, clementines, oranges, slightly maritime notes
    • Taste
      Slightly dry, bit mango, spicy
    • Finish
      Short finish, Fruit and spice fade relatively quickly

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