Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Oct 2012 8:54 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2943.90

33 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 40-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.64 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Color is tawny, rich, complex, very fruity, good balance of sweetness and oak wood - really a remarkable and impressive bottling - fantastic!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Intense, fruity, dried apricots galore, bananas, coconut powder, acacia honey, jam, wet tobacco, finest oak wood, light seabreeze, whiffs of smoke - excellent!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Punchy, oily, creamy, waxy, sirupy, liquorice, fruity, fried bananas, hints of vanilla, creme brulee, coconut butter, subtle sweetness, more jam and dried fruits, oak wood, spices, pepper, cloves - superb!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, burning, more spicey, zesty, a bit more tannic - great!

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 40 year old is the very definition of a luxuriant whisky – it wears its 40 years of maturation proudly on its selves – but brings with it an unexpectedly fruity attitude that I’ve not experienced to the same degree with any other OP bottling to date. Whilst the palate delivers as much oak as you’d expect from this length of maturation, and to my taste it pulls it off almost faultlessly – maintaining an equilibrium where the cask influence and associated tannins feel part of the depth of experience rather than a detraction. Your mileage might very here though – it is undoubtedly woody. The nose however is perfection personified and up there with the very best in the world. Worth waiting for – quite stunning.
    • Nose
      Immediately delightful. Antique wood leads off - refined and elegant. If you’ve ever wandered around an antique furniture shop you’ll feel right at home – mahogany, wood lacquer, carved hardwood armchairs, parquet flooring and plenty of glossy wood polish, beeswax and linseed oil. These aromas are joined by dazzlingly pronounced fruitiness – orange segments, peels and liqueurs alongside stewed apples and a punnet of dried red and black berries – there’s a real sense of depth and jamminess. Sitting alongside are heady notes of tobacco – both fresh and stubbed out – ripe golden leafs and cigar humidors. Rested, this expresses more sherry cask influence – cola cubes, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of marzipan. In the background there’s a dizzying array of herbs and spices – mint, fennel, sage and coriander with ginger, cinnamon and a touch of clove.
    • Taste
      The arrival is incredibly juicy and fulsome – not weighty – just packed to the rafters with flavour. Orange marmalade (with the bits left in of course), apricot flans and mango cheesecake mix it up with dried fruits (raisins, sultanas and prunes) and wood spices – ginger and ground pepper. The resulting composition of bright and deep spiced fruit flavours is both expressive and unexpectedly profound – maturity with a sense of liveliness, depth but with the lightest of touches – I’ve never tasted a fruitier Old Pulteney. Translating directly from the nose is a furniture depot full of wood – ancient, lacquered and polished to a mirror shine. This brings with it oak tannins – perceptible, but still soft and supple and able to flex themselves neatly around the fruity core of this whisky. As such, whilst there’s plenty of direct cask flavour, it comes across as lip-smacking and distinguished rather than overtly drying. In the mid to back palate, chamois leather, book bindings, toasted tobacco and demi-sweet nuttiness from sherry – walnuts and almonds.
    • Finish
      Very long with a fizz of ginger and pepper sitting alongside herbal tea and a bushel of dried hay.

  3. dicembre29 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney 40 yo
    (51,3%, OB 2012, 493 btl.)

    Nose: starts on loads of polished precious woods and cigar boxes. Then it moves to hay and leather. Vanilla. Beautiful juicy fruits as well: orange blossom, cooked apple, quince jam. The longer you wait, the more fruity it becomes. Eucalyptus, mint and beeswax. The softest spices. Very fragrant, very complex. Mouth: quite excellent. Fruity notes like oranges, grapefruit, banana and apricot pie. Oak as expected, but quite silky (some tannins but no excessive dryness) with wood spices (ginger, pepper, mint). Subtle sherry. Almonds. Green tea and leather in the end. Finish: long, surprisingly minty and gingery. Hints of tobacco and nuts.

    On the nose, this is one of the best whiskies I’ve encountered this year. It’s extremely elegant and surprisingly fruity. On the palate, the oak is prominent but there’s just enough creaminess and fruitiness to balance it out. Obviously it’s aimed at collectors: around € 1800.

    Score: 93/100




  4. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "An impressive and long awaited bottling from Old Pulteney - their oldest

    release yet, at a hefty 40 years old. It`s presented in a hefty box

    with a book tracing the history of the distillery and the hand blown

    bottle, capped with a polished stone stopper, is decorated with silver

    waves, blown across the glass while the metal was molten."

    TWE  (http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-18714.aspx)

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Old Pulteney`s flagship, the brandnew 40 Year Old limited release of 2012, is matured in ex American bourbon- and European sherry casks. The distillers tasting notes are mouthwatering "rich amber in appearance with a red hue, it has a fruity and floral aroma, slightly spicy with hints of oranges, green apples and butterscotch. Sweet and spicy on the palate, it has traces of toffee and pears, leading to a full bodied and long-lasting finish with sherry notes".

    This rare whisky is handbottled in a handblown dark blue glass bottle with silver ornaments and comes in an ultra luxurious dark blue gloss lacquered wooden gift box, silver etched with the Old Pulteney logo and a classic herring drifter image.
    Stunning packaging!


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