Old Pulteney 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 118.41

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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 17-year-old

76 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.82 points

  1. 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.

  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. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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


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