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Old Pulteney 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
glass print label with age statement in circle
Added on
13 Sep 2012 1:55 pm

Average value

€ 103,41

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 17-year-old

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.75 points

  1. mosesumike scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  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. 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.

  6. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  7. Deloti scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. The_Independent scored this whisky 90 points Member 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.

  10. asmazda scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.


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