Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Heavily Peated CASK only
Added on
14 Nov 2013 3:07 pm

Average value

€ 256.48

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79 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1990

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.51 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is a malt for explorers. A Pulteney to fall in love with: Sweet with elegant wood notes, strong herbs; the typical Pulteney-Meeresstrand flavors are also present, from far away greets newly carved peatfors and the pleasant age sparkling invigorates the senses again and again.
    This malt impressed me even more than the already great Pulteney 21y. The mixture of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks seems to have succeeded here perfectly, the earthy peat aroma gives the extra kick.
    • Nose
      The typical sea-beach-maritime Pulteney-aroma is immediately present. Beautiful herbal notes, light salt, a little full of sherry. The "slight smoke" from the temporary storage in barrels, in which previously tamped whisky was, I have not yet in the nose. For dark forest soil notes and some cedar wood I have now in the nose.
      After some time in the glass, the malt becomes even more fruity; The presence of bourbon cask aromas seems to be getting stronger and provides a very fine, multi-layered, light-dark fruiting experience, which is very well accompanied by the herbal, salt and sea beach impressions.
    • Taste
      Very creamy texture and immediately a fine age-spitting on the tongue and throughout the mouth. Now cedarwood and sherry take over the command with deep sweetness and spiciness. Ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by dark grapes. The whole thing is complemented by spicy herbs, forest honey and again cedar wood flavors.
      Also on the palate, the fruit components become stronger as time progresses, the very elegant and elegant barkiness of the wood gives the whole thing a very nice twist. This malt is incredibly full and pleasant in the mouth.
    • Finish
      In the end of this Pulteney looks after a long time. And very slowly, even tender peat notes that complement the forest soil and dark fruit flavors.

  2. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This one simply is an underrated old-fashioned-masterpiece.

    Resembles me of a specific Tullibardine single cask expression (wb #40455) , but even better because this one is an extraordinary good vatting of even better ex-bourbon and sherry casks plus the fact that some of the casks contained peated spirit before maturing this one.

    At first, there is a lot of menthol-like freshness, perhaps like a wrigley spearmint gum from the seventies (all you youngsters, you're out of the discussion now ;-)  )

    Second point, I'd like to repeat most of the hints given by the other notes here, none of them is false.

    Obviously, at first you are fooled with the age. If you are not experienced with that kind of old style ex-bourbon cask whiskies (neglecting the sherry casks in this vatting for a moment) you will rate the whisky much younger than it is.

    After the first sip, you might think, that this one is just perhaps 14 years old instead of 23.

    But given some experience with that old-fashioned style, you will remember your previous faults, remember that same odd feelings and give the dram more time, you will rate it with the "over 20years of age" that it is.

    That's pretty interesting. The more you will wait, the more will come out of this expression. I made the same experience wih that said Tulli and with a 19- or 20 yo. Imperial sample from a friend.

    More complexity, more density, more body, more yellow fruit, some faint and distant refill sherry notes of dates and figs, hidden under a curtain of very light, fluent smoke from a campfire. All notes pretty mixed up, hiding and the next second to be clearly on display, then fading again into the fog. Reading this after writing, it sounds so normal. Writing about these impressions and adding some "green apples and some wineyard peaches" isn't too spectacular. But the whisky is, when you drink it with passion, with enough time and attentiveness. You gotta have to have time and you have to be calm, that's the key.

    If you are concentrating on describing and distinguishing, it might drive you mad, but if you just close your eyes and follow your nose, your tongue and commanding your brains to stop everything except working on the incoming impressions, you simply will feel a great pleasure. Points: The average of just a bit under 86 can't be wrong, but for me personally it was so pleasant that I feel obliged to give a high voting of 89, I'm sorry.
    That's all I can say.

  3. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, well balanced and harmonious. Great aroma density without appearing too complex. Nice full of varied taste.
    Departure unfortunately falls off a bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At first light smoke. I'm not really the lover of the "peated" malts, but here it is quite pleasant and adapts well to the sweet, fruity notes of mandarins, candied oranges and pears, base notes. Add to that this great maritime, somewhat salty sea breeze. Harmonizes great and is perfectly balanced. With a little time, the smell of oatmeal / muesli comes out. I haven't had that either. Slightly floral, woody and malty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oranges, peaches, tangerines and pears. Full fruit aroma. In addition nice sweet. The maltiness in combination with the slightly maritime salinity fits very well here. In addition, the smoke is barely noticeable here, but it provides a certain variety. Some oak wort is added with vanilla and honey.
      Great whisky!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium length finish, oak, some milk chocolate, and espresso.
      In addition, the sweetness fades and leaves a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

  4. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Old Pulteney in its usual salty-maritime style with sugared citrus fruits. He is not particularly complex but well balanced between malty-creamy and sherry-dry and otherwise very harmonious. The summer punch is not one hundred percent my taste but I like the honey milk in the finish all the more - 13.04.2019
    • Nose
      Fresh citrus notes, peach bowl, sugar cubes, cane sugar, summer punch, pear, kiwi, grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, gooseberry, the maritime note is white but not quite where to go, the summer punch goes over to the fruity-sparkling white wine note, still very fruity, green apple, salted lemon, herbs, I remember a freshly opened glass of anchovies pickled in oil, but it also has something sticky, moldy
    • Taste
      Very cool and dry, then immediately oily and creamy, sherry is also noticeable, the malt aroma is very soft and sails through the mouth, after a few seconds expresses the salty-maritime note, the cream lasts beautifully long, fruity-aromatic, light spicy oak aroma, herbal aromas, you could use my coconut but on closer inspection it is a warm honey milk, the sweetness and freshness of the milk and the spiciness of the honey, it goes very soft in the finish
    • Finish

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very good. But overall i prefer the normal unpeated old pulteneys.
    • Nose
      Malty. Yellow apple. Tangerine. Pear dish. Sugar beets. Wet pebble beach. Lemon balm. Moss. Slightly scorched wood. Nutmeg. Something juniper.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and creamy. Caramel. Forest honey. But then it tingles for 46% pretty neat. White pepper. Wasabi. Since the oak seems to tickle well. Then some smoked fish with rosemary. Orange.
    • Finish
      The sharpness is still holding. Orange peel. Light smoke.

  6. tamisium did not rate this whisky Newbie

    This is not a heavily peated single malt. The cask the spirits were placed in were heavily peated and created a very subtle but noticeable level of smokey flavor that is in my opinion perfect. I have tried another one done in this way but not many so my experience tasting peated cask is limited but I have to take my hat off to Old Pulteney as they have created a whisky here that will be long sought after.

    In addition I have heard the word peated used as an indication of smokyness but I have also heard it used to imply a faint taste of peat flavor in water from a peat source as to imply it picks up some flavor from the moss from the rock of which I have yet to taste as it would be overwhelmed by all the other goodness in the whisky i feel... Maybe I can be convinced with a recommendation. AS of now I have to assume peated and smoky are used in turn.

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It misses the velvety, creamy quality I often enjoy in Pulteney. I'm not too sure about the peat influence either, it doesn't feel very Pulteney to me.
    • Nose
      Fairly light. Candied oranges, melon, soft oak and cotton rope. Hints of marzipan and lemon too. Very light smokiness.
    • Taste
      A peaty influence. Not super dominant, but you can't miss it either. A tad spicy, mainly white pepper. Some lemon, vanilla and cappuccino too. A bit chalky.
    • Finish
      Peat, lemon and chalk. Touch of white chocolate in the end. Medium to long.

  9. Mascht scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Manderinen, Seeluft
    • Taste
      spicy, flour
    • Finish

  10. Peter(TTMC) scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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