Mouth: Sandalwood, peat.
Finish: Woody and fruity.
Nose promises much more than it delivers. It's old wood driven but a lot of the classic taste of Old Pulteney seems to vanish to the detriment of the cask.
Not great and I'm not even sure it's good, the score takes the price into account. I hoped for much more to be honest. There's just not enough happening here except for the wood. Almost like a bourbon or something, which I don't like.
And it just gets drier the more you drink. Not a success. Tastes like chewing an old oak table. Maybe the Old Pulteney spirit just doesn't have the ooomph to carry off long aging. It's no classic by any means which is why I'm glad I cracked it open instead of wasting time saving it.
I'd rather they dropped the fancy wooden boxes with the daft brass catches that serve no purpose once the bottle is empty and took a few quid off the price.
Maybe it will improve once it has been open a day or two..... this often happens. We'll see.