Old Pulteney 17-year-old

Overall rating
86.87/100
votes
948
Whiskybase ID
WB35357
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
90% ex-bourbon, 10% PX & oloroso sherry casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
glass print label with age statement in circle
Barcode
5010509060547
Added on
13 sep 2012 1:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 95.10

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Whisky reviews for Old Pulteney 17-year-old

80 users have left 87 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.87 points.

  1. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great, maritime malt with first-class bourbon barrel aromas and complex fruit aromas on the nose and on the palate. He doesn't need more sherry cask for me. A whisky with which you can spend a lot of time, not at all entertaining but lively and idiosyncratic - 08/27/2022
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wonderfully maritime Old Pulteney style, lots of citrus fruit, lemon juice, orange, icing sugar, toffee, grassy, flower meadow, candle wax, paraffin oil
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong sweetness, sugar, very creamy, white chocolate, ginger shot, turmeric, slight tingling, very fruity, apple, pear, citrus fruits, orange, malt, mild and subtly aromatic, wonderfully balanced
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, toasted malt, oak, bitterness of orange peel, green apple, aniseed, wax

  2. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose was abit different (off?) but the taste is great with good finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Quite different, strong sea breeze, over mileage engine oil (?), vegetable root with soil, chalk. Vanilla sweetness at the back.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite complex, paraffin wax, grassy, brine, sooty, mineral, lemon.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, mineral and sooty

  4. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Walk-by-the-sea kind of flavours. Inviting and refreshing.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's an 8.9/10.
    • Nose
      Wild honey, mellow & inviting. Lemon zest. Apple. Very light sherry and malty notes at the back.
    • Taste
      Nutty. Vanilla. Light sea salt.
    • Finish
      Mid finish with a strong bourbon influence. Sherry, a bit dry towards the end due to the Sherry tannin.

  5. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: light fruity, yellow fruits, according to salty maritime, exotic fruits, subtle honey note, in the background oak wood note with nice spiciness, squeezed apple, baking spices, great dry balance, zest of lemon peel, heather

    Taste: medium bouquet, oily, white pepper, present, warm alcohol, again a maritime tone, again yellow fruits, medium-long finish with a slightly drying finish, bitter almond

    Color: lightening yellow gold, medium. WR, of course

    Conclusion: in the "old fahioned" direction, as it is slowly but surely becoming unpopular, the current Pulteney standard bottlings unfortunately rely more on the pleasantly sweeter, but also more ostensible fruit flavors, and so there is a slight sadness that this Bottling has been stopped - what a shame!

  8. C_a_r_s_t_e_n scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very round, very sweet oranges, cotton candy, estimated alcohol content: 43% vol., some hay in the background
    • Taste
      first a slight bitterness, felt 40% vol., a little soap, then more apple and unripe peach.
      For 46% vol. the mouthfeel is a little too thin.
    • Finish
      classic notes from refill barrels: from the bourbon barrel the metallic, from the sherry barrel the diluted orange jam
      The throat is warmed.
      medium length, light muff like wet wood

  9. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    fresh, sea, salty, floral, waxy and citrus with pepper and herbal bitterness. 21.5-22-22-21.5
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. ChrisE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. PeterBlair scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A successful, harmonious blend of floral-fruity notes with herbal notes, on top of which a fresh citrus breeze. Convincing with its complexity and its spicy-floral-woody taste profile
    • Nose
      91 91
      Flowery-fruity, banana, mango, chamomile, clear notes of wood with spices (clove?), Also a sharpness, followed by fresh eucalyptus and citrus notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full-bodied, also salty after adding water, wood note, chamomile, wood, toffee, a little sharpness
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, drier, again leaving the wood and herbal notes behind.

  13. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 17yo, 46%. Aroma quite muted toffee liqueur, papery oak, sawdust and brick dust, slightest toffee apple. Big in the mouth. Oily. Taste is punchy, salty rusk biscuits, dried tropical fruit is in the background against a biscuitiness. Liquid biscuit. Little touch of melon comes through the biscuit vibes. Faint liquorice. nice stuff while being perhaps too barleyish and not complex enough to reach top tier. 3.6/86

  14. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced with maritime and floral notes, fresh, fruity and a bit of salt and acidity, paired with waxy and vanilla accents. Very nice dram for the beginning of spring.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sea breeze, some candle wax, salty, vanilla, fresh, green banana, yellow apple, grapefruit, malt, spring flowers at the florist
    • Taste
      87 87
      yellow apple, wax, vanilla, maritime salt influence, banana pulp, fresh cut flowers
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, dry, salty caramel, vanilla, orange peel, wax, some pear puree

  15. Donpistoni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. herby.usa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Honey sweetness, very light sour note, orange (candied), caramelized, lemon, pear, salty touch,

    Taste:
    Vanilla, clove, peppery start, creamy

    Departure:
    Licorice, relatively short

  17. P.K.S scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Oh my goodness, this is one spesiall Pulteney 17 i like i like a lot
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet Butter,plums,oily,marzipan,salty,oak spisyness
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily,salty plums with some oak spisyness, persimon, peach,maritime,chilli,pepper
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long oily, oak spisyness,pear, Orange, salty, nutty (almound), plum ,full amazing boddie oily godness withe some bananna on the end finnish

  18. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Old Pulteney 17 is a versatile whisky, every time I enjoyed a dram of my bottle I had a different experience. The fruits and slight saltiness stand out.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A welcoming fruity nose with grapfruit, melon and pineapple. Some Turkish delight too, joined by sea air, vanilla and sesame seeds. The spices remind me of speculoos cookies.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Juicy fruits (green apple, blackberries and citrus), slighly salty and white wine vinegar. It's rather spicy (cardamom, curry, pepper) and even has a hint of sulphur and smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fresh and sour fruits (kiwi, citrus, grapes) with some ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. Caramel provides a sweet touch and the maritime saltiness lingers with a hint of smoke.

  20. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Starts of with dried fruits like plum, apricots and some raisins, followed by subtle spices (ginger, a little nutmeg and mild dusty pepper) with polished wood and a whiff of salty sea air. Also a more fresh fruitiness lies underneath with yellow apple, pear and a distant note of citrus.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite creamy and waxy: apples, pears, some of the dried apricots and sultana raisins, bitter citrus, vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, white pepper, ginger and some dusty dry oak wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length: a little fruity sweetness (mostly apricots) quickly dissipates into dry and dusty oak wood notes with just a hint of dark chocolate.

  21. Sandman scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Brown sugar, apricot, flower honey, apple, vanilla, lemon, maritime, pear and perfume
    • Taste
      Apple peel, apricot, pear, honey, vanilla, lemon, milk chocolate, hint of peach, strawberry yogurt and a hint of salty liquorice
    • Finish
      Medium length, honey, apple, pear, vanilla, apricot, peach, salty liquorice and lemon zest

  22. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  23. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert 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.

  24. Kermel scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Beautiful. Pome arome (apples/pears). Vanilla sweet and malty. Maybe salt caramel later. Great fast start and long soft salty finish
    • Nose
      Pome fruits - apples or pears, vanilla and flower tones
    • Taste
      Fruity sweet and a bit salty too. Salt caramel later
    • Finish
      Long soft sweet-salt finish

  25. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    That i forgot to put my notes on this amazing old pulteney 17 during the blindtasting competition. This was a 92 point for me before, blind its....
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wax, creamy, cake, vanilla, honey, a little spice, caramel, a bit salty, a bit dusty, a little bit of funk. Pineapple and mango with water.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, nice mouthfeel, vanilla, bourbon barrel, also floral, salty. First add some tropical fruit with water and then it becomes more salty and dry
    • Finish
      89 89
      that salty and the vanilla gets a little drier at the end.

  26. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 87 points Expert 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.

  27. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is leagues above anything Pulteney is putting out these days, no two ways about it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A killer nose. Has a lot of similarities with Clynelish. Could also well be the "little brother" of Craigellachie 23 in terms of style. Waxy, dry but creamy, with good-quality American oak and bucketloads of maritime, saline spirit character. The sherried components are in the background but contribute a nice baseline of spice, fruit and umami. Just beautifully composed and executed.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Delicious, and exactly my style, with a great texture (i.e., oily and thick mouthfeel). Spicy, salty, dry, mineralic, waxy, and only very softly and carefully sherried. Sweetness and acidity balance each other out perfectly.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sea salt, vegetal brine, some scattered wild berries, and a lemon or two.

  28. 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.

  29. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    later edit: greatly improves with oxidation especially on the palate.. second half of the bottle seems almost an entirely diiferent personage.. sherry replaces bourbon in main act and the aromas seem to better integrate.. what a transformation! +2 points
    • Nose
      89 89
      salty air breeze.. saline.. wet wood.. cold ash.. lemon skin.. very austere.. oak and bitter, wild herbs..

      an old, dusty whisky casks warehouse by the seashore..

      the wood’s a little too strong.. but still altogether nice.. like a day at the beach, though not the nice one with the colorful boats and a waterfront.. but the deserted beach with rocks and algae and fragments of rotting wood all around.
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet.. then salt again.. some tropical fruits in the end.. quite simple and thicc.. not unpleasant, not really pleasant either.. more like interesting and commanding respect.

      water reduces the sweetness and brings forth some oak.. hard to believe that this is only 46 abv. because it bites quite harshly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitter and sweet.. just a little bit peppery.. more bitter by the end.. and the wood is there to see me off.

  31. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. Pyromann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is good. Nice, heavier, full and nicely balanced whisky. Chocolate and fruity sweet.
    • Nose
      Butteriness, denser, slightly artificial sweetness - gummy bears, fruity ones. Fruits, sweetness, nuts. Nice.
    • Taste
      Dense, full, fleshy. Fruit, chocolate. The sweetness of chocolate and fruit dominates here. Combination with butter tones, again fruits, nuts.
    • Finish
      Rather shorter, buttery-malted for a moment roughly as if smoked.

  33. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A fresh sea breeze. In addition beautiful wood notes. Citrus notes. Rather yellow fruits. Maybe something wax too.
    I like the malt really well.

  34. Vince' scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, very fresh and vivid, complex on nose. Easy going, well balanced and overall tasty and pleasant, with obvious marine attributes: salt and seaweed. I've heard it's discontinued, what a pity! But still can be purchased for about a hundred euros
    • Nose
      Fresh, lemon zest, seaweed, green apples, wet grass, wood polish, bourbon notes, hint of vanilla, light hint of smoke, water opens buttery notes, honey and mint
    • Taste
      Peppery, oaky, hazelnuts, vanilla, sweet green pear, malt, touch of salt
    • Finish
      Medium-long, warm, mouthwatering, walnut, salty feeling

  36. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This bottle is always on my shelf. That basically says it all. The PLV is ideal for everyone who values good craftsmanship. House whisky. PS. he needs time in the glass.
    • Nose
      The first thought is: "Walk by the sea". Then immediately a noticeably salty caramel profile is added. The nose is very restrained but if you take your time you will find all the subtleties in it. Honeydew melon. Sweet and malty. Also exotic fruits, especially bananas. Lime peel in lemon yogurt. Delicious !
    • Taste
      It starts off very fruity with dark pepper. He keeps what his nose promised. Now comes vanilla and lemons, followed by salty caramel. Almonds in a honey jar also seduce the palate. Even a candied apple will come through. Made very tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium to long it keeps the salty, peppery note and the caramel-like fruits. A very light woody dryness connects the finish very harmoniously. I have to refill it, no question about it.

  37. Waykid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a nice compact one,nose and taste in par. Not immensely versatile but really well made.
    • Nose
      Marshmallow, vanilla, alittle bit of sweet chlorine, barley sugar, lemon, mint and taffy. It is quite nice to begin with and gets better with time, deepens, strengthens and rounds up. Really no smoke detectable to me.
    • Taste
      It really quite sweet, semi-smoky with mint, taffy and barley sugar. Pleasant and agreeable. The taste follows quite loyally the nose except for the smokiness which is really a bonus that fits well. Littlebit of sweet chlorine also here.
    • Finish
      Light, sweet and barleyed.

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Until a Whiskybase technical issue is resolved:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/71/topic/17413/newly-added-notes-only-showing-the-first-few-lines

    I am restricted to provide only a rating and a link to my reviews:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/a-few-hours-in-glasgow-the-pot-still/

  39. Deloti scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. Deloti scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruity and lightly peated start. pears, salt, vanilla, zest
    • Taste
      Sweet. vanilla, sugar, barley, pears, apples, salt. A bit more straightforward and watery than expected
    • Finish
      medium. honey, lemon cake, oak

  41. The_Independent scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: A wonderful aromatic-fruity, round and pleasing whisky. Unfortunately, I have searched for the maritime notes in vain.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Aromatic fruit flavors dominate the smell: pear, grapes, honeydew melon, tropical fruits and coconut, with vanilla, acacia honey and spicy notes of wood in the background. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Voluminous and with a strong start. Some pepper, slightly sweet, very creamy mouthfeel, almost oily, very subtle oak spice, cocoa and vanilla. No bitterness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Creamy and round, the Old Pulteney sounds a pretty long finish. There is a bit of baking cocoa, vanilla and a little oak.

  42. asmazda scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lot of batch inconsistency.  I had a couple bottles all from 2012, one was OK and the other was so salty that had to toss it.  My rating is considering some batches are decent.  The 21-year is the way to go, but now it's difficult to get it at good price because I think it has been discontinued.

  43. 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.

  44. nhuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    my favorite expression of the regular Old Pulteney´s... more complex than the 12 year, of course also better strength (46% vs 40%), but also beats the 21yr OP in my view... 1-2 years ago you could get the 17yr old for €50 while the 21yr was ±€95, way too big price difference for what you got... anyway, nice floral whisky, go get one as long it is still out there.

  45. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strong echoes of OP 12yo, with some added maturity and sherry. Sea air, gentle peat, some salt but it's tempered by the sherry's sweetness, and the sherry itself in a slightly yeasty style like for example some Balvenie 15 sherry single barrels. I really like those little notes of oak. A whiff of Marabou chocolate every now and then.
    • Taste
      A good, even, medium weight body. No flaws, no oddities; just a smooth, lightly peated, lightly salty sherried dram with more than enough of the Pulteney character to balance it out. 
    • Finish
      Otherwise it goes past quite quickly, but the sherry lingers for a long time. Not in an overt, winelike fashion, but rather as this subtle sweetness that just carries on and on. 

  46. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. 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 ...

  48. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    quite a good dram, if you like clynelish this might be to your liking.
    88/100
    • 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

  50. Macheye did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Excellent balance. Rich and sherried (more than the cask bill would lead you believe), the initial sweetness might fool you into wondering how this dram can possibly sustain your attention throughout the experience, but the journey is much more interesting and complicated than the sweet nose initially suggests. With the Old Pulteney DNA still proudly on display this dram is well suited to matching with a dessert course over a meal. 

    Full tasting note: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/old-pulteney/old-pulteney-17-year-old/

  51. 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
    again.

  52. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. 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

  54. Cù Bòcan scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  56. Vexer scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Less coastal & salty than it's sister OBs - more on wax, some vanilla and orchard fruits. Too much oak & bitterness in the aftertaste imo.

    Get an independently bottled Pulteney instead, their OB's are overrated
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  57. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  59. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    fruits, hint of vanilla, spices, even a little pepper. a fine combination of salt and sweetness, good influence from the cask and a nice and long finish. much more going on in this one than in the 12yo.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  60. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is quite a complex and all round dram. It has a lot of the ingredients you look for in a whisky, and they are never dominating. This makes this dram so perfectly balanced.
    • Nose
      Smells younger and fresher than expected, with yeasty elements of danish pastry, fresh rolls, barley sweetness with a sprinkle of honey and vanilla, zesty lemon fruitiness, a hint of marzipan and salt. Freshly cut grass completes this nose. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, with a good balance between sweet, sour, savory and bitter. It's fresh and salty like a sea breeze, with splashes of lime juice, apricot, plenty of grass and mint, honey, vanilla, and marzipan. 
    • Finish
      Moderately drying, with a central role for grass, fresh and dried fruit, marzipan and pepper.

  61. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ralfy's whisky of the year 2015:

    Reveal: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j8KQWv1u9a0

    Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg_pO9pot-o

  63. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's great to see that years after I last tasted this, it holds up. I feel it is still one of the better distillery bottlings in its age/price bracket.
    • Nose
      Soft oranges and lemon curd with a sprinkle of salt, which is signature Pulteney for me. Some lime zest and melon in the background, with freshly cut grass as well.
    • Taste
      Coconut, vanilla and lemons, followed by brine/salt, some white pepper and porridge. Also a sweet nuttiness, like honey glazed almonds.
    • Finish
      Lemon and sea salt. Touch of salmon. Good length.

  64. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Re-review. This time one with bottle-code L14

    Nose: Lovely brine, sweet and savoury. Some almond and apricot. Hint of yeast and mown grass. Sweet warm toffee

    Taste: Sweet, savoury, salty, spice, lovely warm and honeyed flavour. some floral taste in it.

    Body: Little bit thinner than remembered.

    Finish: Medium-long. Lovely bourbon-oak finish which grows for a while and after that slowly leaves.

    Price: Still very reasonable priced for this quality.

    Presentation: Sober, decent and properly informative.

    Comments: Slightly less in quality than a bottle I had 1,5 year ago. So one point of.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. Patrick93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  66. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  67. Toffie76 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, it's good
    • Nose
      Lemon, fresh, fresh fruit on pear and apple. Vanilla. A floral side accompanied by an iodized marine kick. A lot of wax, honey, heather. Elegant, fine and complex. Very pleasant .
    • Taste
      The palate starts smoothly on a strong lemony note. The sequel takes place on a background of sap, a peppery explosion in the middle of the mouth and an impressive salty length. We find a Clynelish type profile with a balance wax / sweet / salty super playful. This is the class, this dram.
    • Finish
      Toffee, royal icing, ginger.

  68. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A nice balance for this salted caramel profile that I like. In some ways it is reminiscent of a Clynelish.
    • Nose
      At first iodized and very marine, the caramel comes quickly to marry with this coastal profile. Candied apples, raisins and dried apricots are then mixed.
    • Taste
      Salted caramel, dried fruit and candied. The palate is creamy and honeyed. Iodized waves pass and repass.
    • Finish
      Long. Salty waves, and a small peppery explosion. The caramelized fruits pass in the background. A very slight tree sap at the very end of the mouth, as well as a fine woody dryness.

  69. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Peach, artificial coconut, pear, almond, caramel, honey, tahini, grass, peanut butter, clay and orange. Eventually some pineapple and beeswax.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Honey, apricot, peanut, apricot, galia melon, vanilla, honey, malt, creamy vanilla and a slight saltiness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Honey, vanilla, pear, caramel, almond and orange. Musty chestnut is what sticks longest unfortunately.

  70. Gronqvist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Clean and fresh with notes of apples, pears, lemons, red berries, banana, pineapple, melon, raisins, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, coconut, freshly baked buns, lightly salted butter, burnt sugar, cinnamon, white pepper, soft smoke , sea air and wood glue.
    • Taste
      Sweet with citrus peel, baked pears, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, honey, vanilla, butterscotch, pepper, beeswax, grain, grass, malted barley and salt.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with apples, citrus, vanilla, herbs, a little seaweed and oak.

  71. Koloman scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Here is a tip for die-hard Old-Pulteney fans (and those who want to be): A great experience is the parallel tasting of the Old Pulteney 17yo with the same length matured exceptional single cask bottling 1995/2012 ( http: // www. whiskybase.com/whisky/34880/old-pulteney-1995 ). The harmony of a Vattings the dynamics of a single cask bottling faces. A revelation!

  72. Koloman scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The 17yo is not very close to the 21yo. The price-performance ratio is perhaps even better.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  73. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose does not offer much, but what comes next is huge. The vanilla flavor dominates this dram. In addition, there are wood notes of oak and the finish salty notes dominated by sea air and complex peppery notes dominate the long stops. The price performance ratio is very good. One should not miss this Old Pulteney. In a direct comparison with the 21-year-old, I clearly prefer the 17-year-old!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. webdiver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  75. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Honey melon. vanila toffee and oak. It's quite complex but very pleasant. Fresh moawn grass, dunes,

    Initial taste: sweet and salty, lovely complex tastes of ripe mango, and pineapple. Some orange and papaya.

    Body: heavy Thick and oily!

    Finish: long salty and complex heavy sweetness comes back and forth

    Price: a little more expensive, but well worth the money!

    Presenation: Sober and decent

    Comment: This is the best Old Pulteney I've tasted, it's sweeter and more complex then the 21yo.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  76. Whiskyinagogo scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A typical Pulteney malt. A step up in terms of subtle complexity from the standard 12 year old, but it needs time and patience.
    • Nose
      Cologne, dusty hessian, almond, aniseed, brine, paint, and some light melon notes.
    • Taste
      Fruity, bittersweet, some melon, orange, and coconut.
    • Finish
      A medium long finish, with some boiled sweets, very gentle herbal notes, and fruit juice.

  77. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  78. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, apples, pears, oak, cinnamon, herbs
    • Taste
      Full, soft, butterscotch, vanilla, flowery
    • Finish
      Long, lemony

  79. Akoo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An almost enchanting nose, but it is sorely lacking in the mouth. It's intrinsically good, but it lacks a bit of madness for this consensual dram to make us climb the curtains!
    • Nose
      the salt invades the nostrils, one feels the spray with full nose. It's very maritime. Behind this salty side, there are sweet scents of honey, butter, cream, vanilla, wax, cinnamon. It is very pastry, sweet and round. You could think of a Clynelish. After a few minutes of opening, the profile is more fruity, including white peach that takes almost the rest. With vanilla and fresh cream, we think of Melba fishing, which is really not unpleasant. The alcoholic integration seems perfect which makes this fresh and greedy nose a really pleasant moment.
    • Taste
      Honey is super present. Citrus notes intermingle, with blood orange and lemon. Fishing is always present, just like vanilla and cream, which gives this dram a very easy and recreational character. Maybe a bit too much elsewhere. The whole is soft and round, but lacks complexity.
    • Finish
      Average intensity on honey (always!) And fishing. The whole thing crashes very quickly. Pity.

  80. numen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    purchased sample
    • Nose
      Honey, beeswax, and something of red apple peel. Vanilla, dry, and
      slightly bitter oak. Anise/licorice (not quite sure which - slightly
      different, but related). A pretty neat cloudy cream akin to whole milk.
      Clean smoke sits at the back and draws this near a Clynelish, but we've
      got lots more vanilla here.
    • Taste
      Honey and lemon! Light smoke-like element, but it's not actually smoke,
      if you take my meaning. Wood with a dry and slightly bitter note. More
      vanilla and then something oatmeal/grainy that is definitely related to
      the milk on the nose. The bitterness does very well and help keep this
      in balance.
    • Finish
      Wax, honey, an dsome lemon-vanilla. Medium in length and light-medium in
      strength. Easy to like, even if a bit forward at times on the palate
      (and then a bit behind with the mealy flavor). I like this, though wish
      that it were a tad more complex, or played more with the smoke, which
      could have really brought this up. Still, I like Clynelish and I like
      this.

  81. Snerik scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The nose is a lot better than the taste (unfortunately). Indeedy, special but not all in a good way. 
    • Nose
      First; wood glue and white peppar. Some dried Granny Smith apples together with strawberry jam. There some burnt sugar, cinnamon and custard as well. With water it's almost like eating an apple pie in a sauna. 
    • Taste
      Some saltiness, apricot, grass and lemon zest.
    • Finish
      Salty lemons, beach wood and a little seaweed. 

  82. addyhd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  83. Kim4fan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Sunshine in a bottle. 
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  84. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Once again Pulteney delivers. Better than the twelve years old but I am not sure if its better than the 14 year old Pulteney from Spirit of Scotland which I think is cracker of a whisky and so affordable. 

    (Rating 85-88)
    • Nose
      soft exotic fruits, banana, pineapple and melon. I think honey melon. Sweet and malty.
    • Taste
      Very fruity, still banana and soft fruits and black pepper. The texture is rather thin, I was expecting a more substantial texture from this. A bit of sea salt appear in the end.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long in length with a spicy and dry finish. Something reminds me of "pretzels". Could be the cereal talking.

  85. Timothy Cline scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

     
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  86. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  87. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful, distinctive nose mixing sweet vanilla tones with soft fruits (melon?), woody oak, coconut, faint smoke and salty sea air. Unique to Old Pulteney and very distinctive. Rich and full on the palate with a good, long-lasting finish leaving a creamy aftertaste. Incredible value for money, making it superior to the (otherwise excellent) 21yo in my opinion (I picked this up for just under £50). Much better than the OP 12yo, with none of the rough edges present in its younger stablemate. Benefitted from a couple of drops of water, which really helped release the full fruitiness of the nose and palate. 
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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