Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Spirit of Scotland
Stated Age
14 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
van Wees
Added on
12 Oct 2012 10:36 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 60.00

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50 × member ratings

40 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1998 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.73 points

  1. puusj scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Typical sweet / salt of OP. Butter babbler by the sea in smell. Taste gives more salt and hint of fruit, but also the sweet again. Short aftertaste in which the salty remains.

  2. bennythemonster scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 1998 - 2012, 14 years, 46% alc.
    Bottler: Spirit of Scotland (Gordon & MacPhail - for the Dutch market)
    Expansion: Bourbon Cask (there are several single casks with the filling data)
    Region: Highlands, Scotland

    Nose: Easy, a bag full of sweets. In between, fruit gums and salmiac sweets. Something like mixed Jelly Bellys. These are joined by bright fruits and coconut and in the background brine, but without the dryness arising at Pulteney. The nose looks very juicy overall.

    Palate: Bright fruits and again the coconut, in addition a lot of sea salt, looks nice and dry with a good echo of oak.

    Finish: Rather short to medium, the whisky beats off in the mouth very quickly, but remains in the throat for a few seconds. Dry and again salty.

    Conclusion: Difficult to draw a conclusion here, all categories of tasting know for themselves. The finish could be longer, unfortunately, the nose does not quite fit the rest.

    77/100 points (tasted 2014, approx. 55 €)
    Thanks to Whiskycuse https://www.facebook.com/notesofwhisky

  3. Henri scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      It's a very light nose. A hint of salmiak, a salty licorice candy very common in The Netherlands. There is some of that trademark Old Pulteney see air and fruitiness. Some sweetness in the nose as well, but not much.
    • Taste
      Some coconut, but also salt. I like some salt in a whisky, but this is a bit too much. Seaweed lingers somewhere in the back.
    • Finish
      This whisky lacks a finish. It is very short. I'd like to tell you more, but there really isn't anything else to add.

  5. addyhd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    verry smooth, buttery, white fruits, gentle . good price for its quality!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It almost seems like there is a progress in quality as the level goes down in the bottle. I would not have guessed a Pulteney if tasted it blind, I have really enjoyed this one especially since the price is below 50€. 

    (interval rating 84-87) 
    • Nose
      Red sweet apples, some cherry notes and leather. Addition of water brings oak, milk chocolate, butter scotch and exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      On the palate there are vanilla fudge and spicy caramel, black pepper on the front of the tongue. 
    • Finish
      The finish is creamy butter scotch, soft smoke and careful oak, it's really lovely.

  7. Tothemorrow scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    One dram note - We identified some strange notes associated with sherry maturation in this whisky, even though it has been matured on a first-fill bourbon barrel. An overall good dram, needs time to develop
    • Nose
      Pretty closed whisky, but some cherries, strawberries and vanilla are present 
    • Taste
      Soft caramel candy, leather, oak, sour apples, milk chocolate and whipped cream
    • Finish
      Medium and dry

  8. I_SPEY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A few weeks ago an Old Pulteney 1998 Spirit of Scotland / G & M was purchased. Delicious, quiet whisky with a nice soft sweet vanilla taste with immediately afterwards a very small amount of liquorice, nicely subtle! The whisky in itself is definitely not salty! Drinks away easily, just an above average, albeit uncomplicated whisky, especially for its price! The vanilla is nicely balanced, certainly not excessively present, as I have read elsewhere.

  9. Sonett scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Not a very typical Old Pulteney. This one lacks personality in comparison with the standard versions. With the low price still value for money.
    • Nose
      Mainly vanilla (not so intense) but hidden behind also some green apples and Pears combined with a slightly salty coastal tone.
    • Taste
      Enters at first almost without taste. Then a sweet taste turning over to vanilla and increasing mild spices 
    • Finish
      Rather short finish starting with fading spices turning over to a bitter taste like bitter almonds but without the almond

  10. I_SPEY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I`m very sorry for this short message, but I have to do  so: the score I gave this whisky was 86 and now, I changed the score to 88 because of it`s great taste.  

    And that for a bottle at a price of less than 50,00 euro

    A very good recommendation, whiskybase boys!!!


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