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Old Pulteney 12-year-old

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 1:41 pm

Average value

€ 32,52

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 12-year-old

94 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.73 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. matts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    (WID 67544) Character: Granini peach meets granini pear and barley malt. A fruity-sweetish, good drinkable standard that convinces despite its minimum thickness of 40% Vol. With a neat body and a nice mouthfeel. An uncomplicated drop for the sweet tooth. Could also taste good people who otherwise do not like whisky.
    Rating: Tasty, if it may be sweet peach. Not really exciting, but there is definitely nothing to complain about here. There are good 84 points today
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: fruits, malt, vanilla, citrus fruits, oak
      Description: Sweet apples, peach, pear and quince immediately pour into the nose. Sweeter than expected. Malt is the second main ingredient of the nose. There's a hint of vanilla, an association of panacotta, a handful of orange peel and some oak. Rather simply knitted, but delicious.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: fruits, spices, oak, cereals, malt
      Description: Immediately there are intense sweet fruits. Most of all a lot of peach. A little pear is also there. Add to that some pepper and a subtle oak taste. Embedded in sweet peach, an intense grain and malt taste is becoming more and more apparent. Tasty and good drinkable, but the taste is comparatively short-lived. Pretty fast it goes over to the finish.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: fruits, grains, malt, oak
      Description: The finish is medium in length and a consistent continuation of the taste. Sweet peach, sweetish grain and malt and a light oak taste sound pleasant. Remarkably sweet and fruity.

  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    They say it's a sea malt. In fact we smell foam, tide, salt, kelp and even sand. A very light peat and white grapes. Lemon pulp.
    The latter persists in the mouth, it is quite velvety, oily, gently peppery, wood, caramel. The lemon stubborn in the final, it is warm, sparkling, not too short, a little dry, malty, salty. It's not bad, you have to like lemon anyway.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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.

  6. 123Mike123 scored this whisky 83 points Member 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

  7. 123Mike123 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  8. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 80 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-

  9. 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)

  10. 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


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