Pulteney 18 yo 1990/2009 (57.2%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, 217 bottles) Colour: pale gold. Nose: one step further towards ‘wilderness’ but also these hints of strawberries and bubblegum that we already found in the OB. Also more marzipan and cut apples plus a good deal of oak. It’s also the less coastal. Let’s see what happens with water: wow, this is nice! More mint, eucalyptus, even a little camphor, hints of orange blossom water, coconut liqueur (only faint touches, don’t worry). High class, maybe just a tad bourbonny. Mouth (neat): once again, we’re rather closer to the OB than to the 1982, with various fruits encapsulated in quite some oak. Ginger and strawberries, coconut (the oak speaks out), vanilla and white pepper. Funnily drinkable at such high strength. With water: oh well, here’s another excellent Pulteney indeed. Arrak, aniseed, crystallised oranges and always quite some coconut and pepper from the oak. Finish: long, sweet and mildly spicy. Maybe a little less precise now. Comments: a very good Pulteney from a very active cask. The sweetest of them all.
SGP:451 - 88 points.