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Old Pulteney 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.98/100
votes
538
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 1:41 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 32,54

538 × member ratings

1304 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
21
Taste
21
Finish
20
Balance
20

Tastingtags

90 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
11 May 2017 5:05 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 85 points

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 85 pts   ·ABOVE AVERAGE [+]·

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
82
Price
86
Presentation
84
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
123Mike123
Member Senior 123Mike123 Tasting note
18 Apr 2018 8:27 am
123Mike123 gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

malt, sweet, tropical fruits, soap, vanilla, nuts

Taste

caramel sweet, light fruity, salt, nuts?, honey, herbal,

Finish

medium, caramel

Comments

the nose is the best part

123Mike123
Member Senior 123Mike123 Review note
18 Apr 2018 7:07 am
123Mike123 gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83.4
Nose
86
Initial taste
80
Body
84
Finish
82
Price
86
Presentation
84
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
09 Apr 2018 1:52 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 80 points

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-

Whisky101
Expert Senior Whisky101 Tasting note
01 Apr 2018 10:17 pm
Whisky101 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Deep copper
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)

Comments

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). 

Myst111
Expert Senior Myst111 Review note
23 Jan 2018 9:16 pm
Myst111 gave this whisky 79 points

Nase: Würzig, Süss fruchtig (Mischung aus tropischen süssen zitrus Früchten), Im Hintergrund leichter Rauch, Getreide und grüner Apfel kann man nach etwas Zeit auch erkennen. Sehr komplexe Nase für 40% Geschmack: Sehr trocken, Honig, Getreide, Bitter Finish: Pfeffer, Bitterkeit, Salzig, Mittellang Zusammenfassung: Leider hält der Geschmack nicht, was die Nase verspricht. Auch wenn das Preis Leistung durchwegs ok ist, schreckt mich das Finish doch deutlich von einem neuerlichen Kauf ab. 

Weighted Rate
79.2
Nose
88
Initial taste
78
Body
76
Finish
74
Price
80
Presentation
80
Lorion
Expert Senior Lorion Tasting note
18 Oct 2017 2:25 pm
Lorion gave this whisky 59 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Floral und malzig. Nach einigen Sekunden wird es süß. Der Alkohol ist spürbar und kühlt die Nase. Etwas Kräutriges, fast schon Salziges kommt dazu. Leichte Vanille. Zitronenschale ist auch dabei.

Nach einiger Zeit wird die Nase teilweise richtig schön süß. Leider bleibt das nicht lange.


Taste

Leicht, malzig, etwas süß. Würzig. Etwas flach. Alkohol ist da.

Finish

Eher kurz, eine leichte Malzigkeit und etwas Bitteres bleibt.

Comments

Naja, die Nase rettet den Whisky auf 59 Punkte.

theograph
Expert Senior theograph Tasting note
10 Oct 2017 10:50 pm
theograph gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Typische OP Nase: fruchtig bzw. Honig-süss, ausgesprochen maritim-salzig, deutlich malzig, dezent mehlig oder staubig;

Taste

Weich und teilweise lieblich im Geschmack, ein klein wenig spritzig bzw. erkennbar jugendlich, sehr süss und ausgesprochen maritim-salzig, deutliche Getreide- bzw. Malzaromen, Zitrone und Vanille, minimal säuerlich gegen Ende;

Finish

Nicht besonders lang und mit leicht säuerlicher Note - Salz, Holz und Zitrone dominieren; 

Comments

Ein Einsteigetmalt - für mich persönlich aber einer der Besten. Einfach, unkompliziert und richtig schön zu trinken. Es gibt bessere und wesentlich vielschichtigere Single Malts, aber nicht für diesen Preis!


PLV: 9/10



#199 CA
spigray
Connoisseur spigray Review note
03 Oct 2017 11:03 am
spigray gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.5
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
82
Price
87
Presentation
88
spigray
Connoisseur spigray Tasting note
03 Oct 2017 11:25 am
spigray gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Gin clear
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.

Comments

quite a good dram. I really like this kind of profile.
the nose is the best part of this whisky.
86/100

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