Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
new glass print label with age statement in circle
Added on
13 Sep 2012 1:01 pm

Average value

€ 34,46

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 12-year-old

100 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.77 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points 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. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    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-

  4. 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;

  5. 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.
    • 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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,

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    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


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