The colour is pale straw and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs. The nose is very subtle and delicate on this typical honey-salty-maritime profile of old Old Pulteney drams. Give it some time to breathe and it grows stronger and more impressive through additional aromas that pop up virtually every minute. After ten minutes or more the nose is bold and very rich without any off-note. I truly adore this and it reminds me of my favourite Old Pulteney bottling so far https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11518/old-pulteney-1968-gm. The whisky arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor bitter feeling from heavier tannins. Here the 1968 was clearly superior but this is not too bad either. The taste is nicely layered on a barley sugary and honey sweet profile with lots of different floral, herbal and spicy flavours in a firm (but not too strong) wooden structure. That is great again and I suggest to chew this dram for at least 2-3 minutes to fully explore this fine taste. No flaw that I can find. The finish is long and vanishes in slowly fading waves without any distracting moments (no bitter or drying feeling here as was in the first mouthfeel). All is balanced and delicate and very, very quaffable… By the way, water is neither needed nor advised as it just turns the dram flatter without adding significant new impressions.
This is another excellent old Old Pulteney and really worth to search for at whisky fairs or auctions. Unfortunately, such bottlings are almost impossible to find this days so if you are lucky enough to stumble upon one - go for it (you most probably will not get a second chance)!