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Overall rating
91.00/100
votes
7
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
First Cask (FC)
Vintage
1974
Stated Age
19 years old
Casknumber
8489
Number of bottles
338
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Direct Wines (Windsor) Limited Exclusive
Added on
05 Sep 2015 8:07 pm by z-imaging
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Whisky Reviews for Old Pulteney 1974 FC

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had some stellar old Old Pulteney drams before so I could not resist to buy a sample of this release at the Limburg Whisky Fair.  

    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)!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      One of the most fruity noses I ever encountered in a whisky. A general fruit explosion: barley sugar, shortbread cookies with cake icing, candy sweets, fresh fruit, dried fruit, tropical fruits, floral. Apple, pear, peaches, mango, pineapple, passion fruit and banana. A touch of lemon and lime, also loads of vanilla and a multi-layered honey note.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A firm continuation of the nose with some added spicyness. Very sweet and fruity, but definitely no simple sticky sweetness. Again the fruit candies with peaches, pear, mango and pineapple. Citrus fruit, freshly baked cookies, clear vanilla, icing sugar and honey notes. Some peppery note at the back.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Fairly long. Not any amount of dry bitterness, but a layered sweet fruit coating of the throat.

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