Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
glass print label with age statement in circle
Added on
13 Sep 2012 1:10 pm

Average value

€ 161.92

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 17-year-old

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.97 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      First impression: fresh sea air mixes with fine oak wood notes, vanilla and a variety of juicy fruits. The basic maritime character is already surprisingly powerful in the nose. A salty sea breeze lays like a thin veil over the other flavors. The alcohol (46%) is not noticeable and very well integrated. On the fruity side, bright fruits dominate in the beginning: juicy apples, pears, peaches, melons, pineapple and grapefruit. After a few minutes, soft sherry notes reveal themselves: sweet, red fruits intensify and expand the multi-layered nose. A beautiful oak wood note with a slight spiciness is still pleasantly present. The maritime, fruity and slightly woody nose has a nice balance. I like it!
    • Taste
      Beautiful, oily mouthfeel, the onset is pleasantly sweet, with a slight pepperiness on the tip of the tongue. Plenty of vanilla, salty pastries, wax, delicate hints of honey, subtle floral notes, some chocolate and spicy oak I perceive. The light, partly tropical, fruits and the gentle sherry notes are also back, but not so strong: apples, citrus, coconuts, peaches, pineapple and red fruits give the malt a nice sweetness. The maritime veil with plenty of salt still lies above the various flavors. The oak notes are a bit spicy in the end and already leave a delicate dryness on the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium long, maritime and sweet and spicy. With a decent pinch of pepper on the sparkling tongue tip, the finish starts. The vanilla sweetness and bright fruits as well as sherry notes gradually fade. With chocolate, salty-maritime flavors and spicy notes of oak wood sounds the Old Pulteney. On the palate now remain a noticeable bitterness and a gentle dryness.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This bottle is always on my shelf. That basically says everything. The PLV is ideal for those who value good craftsmanship. House whisky. PS. he needs time in the glass.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first thought is: "walk by the sea". Then comes immediately a strikingly salty caramel profile. The nose is very restrained but who takes the time to find all the subtleties in it. Honeydew melon. Sweet and malty. Also exotic fruits, especially banana. Lime peels in lemon yogurt. Delicious !
    • Taste
      89 89
      He starts very fruity with dark pepper. He keeps what his nose promised. Now comes vanilla and lemons, followed by salty caramel. Almonds in honey jar seduce the palate. Even a candied apple is still going through. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, he holds the salty peppery note and the caramel-like fruits. A very light woody dryness but combines very harmoniously the finale. I have to refill, no question.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: freshly sawn juicy wood, some dusty sawdust, wax, some malt, citrus notes, coconut a bit hidden in the second "row" of fruity sherry sweetness with peach, melons and orange notes - not so easy to find, but once you want them you can not "let go" - my dram is clouding already when Nosing;) is not filtered Taste: moderately sweet, vanilla extreme, no alcohol, delicate maritime notes, sensational - soft - mild - multi-layered yet mouth-filling oak with some mint on the palate, pepper, ginger, even more mint, all without burning - only flavors / taste, sweeter , it sounds like a slightly tingling oak finish, with the spicy tree juice reverberating on the tongue. Very elegant, fine-toned, wood notes dominate without bitterness.
    Conclusion: The malt is very special and hard to describe, I can not even explain why it had to be the big bottle, but it had to be :)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Blind tasting:

    Scent: rich and sweet, orange, butter, varnished wood, honey, vanilla, hint of smoke and biscuits.

    Taste: honey, wood, apple, orange, hay, green herbs.

    Finish: soft, light almond, vanilla, honeysuckle, then pepper.

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think this is still a classic whisky with a different smell and taste compared to other Scotch. One can only hope that the distillery’s owners will keep these particular features in future bottlings, since there enough other release alike out there.
    • Nose
      Initially I get apple juice and sherry with a salty twist. Add to that sunflower oil, minerals, pear cider, grinded iron and apple cake. It is rather complex with many small variations on the sherry & salt theme. Salted raisins, a light sherry (with salted food) and sweet dried figs. Gets sweeter after a while with more fudge, apple cake, red wine, dried apples and fresh figs. No need really for a drop of water.
    • Taste
      Nicely balanced entree with metallic sherry, sea salt, minerals, salty raisins and grape skins. Feels familiar (I am tasted this blind), but I cannot place it just yet. It gets slightly dryer with some wood making an entry. More minerals, dry Oloroso sherry and salty fudge (I know the salt theme gets a bit boring). The aftertaste is pretty persistant with more dry sherry, raisin cake, plum soaked in Armagnac, a pinch of sea salt and caramel. The balance is there and stays there, so perfect strength.

  7. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Rougher and edgier than the wonderful 21er, especially the strong bitterness on the finish you have to like. Overall a bit out of round and not very mature, but very original in character.
    • Nose
      fresh sea air, vanilla, sweet pastries, apples, pears, pineapple, melon, mango, lime, getting stronger, lemon peel, vineyard peach, very mild iodine swabs ... and another fruit, which I do not come but ... well , now: Quince!
    • Taste
      oily, sweet and peppery on the nose, vanilla and sweet pastries, a bit salty, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, lemon, a lot of quince, vineyard peach, dark chocolate, pepper increases, lemon grass, Earl Gray tea
    • Finish
      bitter orange peel, the quince spreads, fresh, peppery, ginger, last vanilla and Campari bitterness, the mouth is a little stunned, then something else: coconut and bergamot ...

  8. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    quite a good dram, if you like clynelish this might be to your liking.
    • Nose
      nice balance between fruity and coastal. as for fruit there is pears, peaches, bananas and perhaps pineapple. mineral with a faint sea breeze. vanilla and poppy seeds.
    • Taste
      slightly waxy, beeswax candles, the coastal side is dominating and it´s drier than I would have expected. vanilla and a little dry oak. still some tropical fruits but more in the background
    • Finish
      medium, coastal, mineral

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Old Pulteney's 17y is a true chameleon. The malt really needs time and rest in the glass. The nose changes over time from a full bourbon bomb to a delicate sherry fruit. Very nice and tasty on the nose.
    In the mouth, surprisingly, hardly any or no fruit. But an immensely intense oak. But all the time, until the finish, the oak is harmonious and spicy. Hardly to no bitterness can be felt and tasted. In the mouth, however, the sea air is always present behind it.
    I am in between. The nose is really very nice, the combination of the sea breeze with the immediately dominating bourbon notes is very nice.
    On the other hand, the fruit components are also missing in the taste. I would have liked to have had more of the nose in my mouth. The wood aromas are very intense without being excessive or bitter. If you love elegant oak juices in taste, you absolutely have to grab it here. Not sure if this would be a big bottle candidate for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The almost adult Old Pulteney is not chill-filtered, but appears to be colored. At least it is not clearly visible on the bottle whether not - and what is written on the bottle or not applies (according to Ralfy). The color, if natural, would be a beautiful gold.
      The very first impression of the smell is a very nice, full and ripe bourbon barrel. This is overlaid by a certain mineral freshness, which one can certainly associate with the maritime note that is said to be the Pulteney. This often-cited light saltiness can also be felt. But right behind come yellow tropical fruits like mango and honeydew melon and ripe pineapple. That sure comes from the bourbon barrel.
      The oak now also reports with a beautiful, harmonious spiciness. After a while in the glass, the aromas of the sherry barrel maturation also become clearer. The fruits change from tropical fruits to orange peel and juice and berries. The nose is now also sweeter and malty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The malt runs very oily into the mouth. Slight sweetness, such as caramel and a rather indefinable fruit is present at the beginning, which very quickly turns into a slightly tingling, white peppery sharpness - not unlike ginger. It continues very spicy with wood. Alcohol is not felt at all. But, it could be, this “maritime saltiness” from the second sip is also part of the game. Interesting.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the finish, ginger and the long, long oak still dominate. But there is absolutely no bitterness. Lots of wood aromas for it. This oak flavor stays in the mouth for a long time.


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