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Overall rating
86.97/100
votes
102
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1983
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 Sep 2007 12:26 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 375.67

23 × in wishlist

102 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 21-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.97 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I was able to drink the Old Pulteney 21y on many evenings, alone and in a nice round of whisky, compared to other malts. He was always a bit different, changing his face and body over the course of an evening. Very complex and always to be rediscovered.
    • Nose
      THAT is a whisky - what's in the nose! First a round, beautiful, powerful Sherryton. But also glue, sweet paste, sea beach is to smell at later Tastings.
    • Taste
      Goes soft and full on the tongue, wonderfully oily, sea salt and even some smoke spreads wide in the mouth. Then actually light oak and licorice.
    • Finish
      Great intense, medium length, but not sharp finish; Suddenly something sherry comes to the fore again. Something of everything and that remains for a long while in the mouth and throat. Succeeded!

  2. Barbone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sniffing whisky, the smell changes over time.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Koloman scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray chose this whisky as "World Whisky of the Year" for good reason in 2012 - although I do not give much credit to Murray's ratings since he raised a completely contourless Japanese in 2014.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      98 98

  5. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Matured in (…) American ex-bourbon and ex-Fino sherry casks" (Official Tasting Notes)
    • Nose
      "Full bodied with traces of fruits (apples and pears); slightly fragrant with spicy overtones." (Official Tasting Notes)
    • Taste
      "Sweet to start with a light fruitiness; hints of honey and vanilla" (Official Tasting Notes).
    • Finish
      "Dry finish" (Official Tasting Notes).

  6. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1983 : Fruity and spicy aroma, mango, orange, vanilla, mintcloves, pepper, malt and banana. Vanilla sweet taste, orange marmalade, mint, cardamom, sweet lime juice, walnuts and malt. Medium long, fruity, spicy and malty end.

  7. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  8. Furtia scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N: very sweet banana (candy), gooseberries, wood and briny
    T: orange peel, vanilla, sweet honey and floral
    F: wood, dry and little bitter
    tasted with Dramclub of DH17
    best whisky 2012?

  10. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Heard about this from the Jim Murray rating. I finally found a place that could get it and now after hearing about it from everyone, I may sell it and look for the 17 year instead. Whisky Advocate only rated it 82 points

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