Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 34.42

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 12-year-old

114 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.90 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.
    • 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. 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-

  7. 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

  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 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

  10. 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


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