LovingWhisky - Independent tasting notes on whisky and other distilled spirits by Ansgar Speller

Old Pulteney - 21

Recently visiting the Pulteney distillery resulted in a sample coming home of the 21 year old whisky to make a note of it. Bottled at 46% and a marriage of 21 year old ex-Bourbon and ex-Fino Sherry casks. The nose has for me notes of salty chocolate fudge, sweet red and sour green apples, honeycomb, cherries, tangerine, grapefruit juice, very ripe summer fruit mix, hint of beeswax, chuppa chup bubble gum and roses.

The palate carries loads of sweetness, honey, fudge, fruit cake, oranges, lime, mint, cassis, hint of chocolate, cherries, ripe banana, red apple, red fruit again and a touch of wood spices. A finish that is soft and not long with vanilla and cocoa powder lingering on a bit but it leaves a bit of waxy mouth feel. Scoring me an 7,5/10. Thanks for sharing the sample Old Pulteney!

Old Pulteney - 35

When visiting the Pulteney distillery recently a chance was given to have a taste of their 35 year old whisky bottled at 42,5% that has been matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.

On the nose I find notes of gooseberry, vanilla, raisin, dandelions, apple blossom, geranium, cotton candy, blackcurrant jam, tobacco leaf, soft wood spices, clove, tangerine, oranges, crumbly red apple, pear, ginger, soft malt and caramel syrup

The palate is much sweeter and fruitier then the nose first shows me. It has loads of dried fruits and that combined with fruits from the nose and adding also mango, peach, lime, pomegranate, red berries, strawberry, cranberries and banana to the mix it becomes very sweet.

This sweetness is followed by a soft leathery feeling mixed with tobacco leaf and spices. There are some wood notes on the medium length finish that has a bit of tannin's in it and the mouth feel becomes candy sweet at the end with chocolate bitters, caramel sweetness, ginger and some briny note almost. A lovely mix but not blowing my mind, very sweet in total to be honest. Scoring it an 7,5/10. Thanks for sharing the sample Old Pulteney!

Old Pulteney - 12

When visiting the Pulteney distillery recently a sample was shared of the 12 year old whisky that is bottled at 40%. On the nose I can find notes of green apples, gooseberries, pomegranate, creme honey, vanilla, heather, some floral notes, liquorish root, nutmeg, graphite, bit dusty and a hint of pencil shavings. 

With these notes I expected some more bitterness and sour notes on the palate but I was surprised with honey and fruit sweetness. Vanilla, raisins, cranberry, dried apricots, red apples, oranges, grilled pineapple, banana and pear juice. There is a creamy citrus freshness and herbal note going on in the medium length finish that I have spotted also in the new make spirit before. 

Some notes from the nose and palate on the 12 year old I can find also in the new make and some similarities in the 17 year old expression but there it is less present then here in the 12. The 17 did feel more balanced then the 12 year old. But this one feels more interesting and stronger "present". If only the nose had some less dusty and graphite notes and a bit more sweetness then it would be for me a higher score but for now I give it an 7 out of 10. Thanks for sharing the sample!  

Old Pulteney - 17

When visiting the Pulteney distillery recently a sample was shared of the 17 year old whisky to taste when back home and revisit some old notes. This is an expression bottled at 46% and aged in ex-Bourbon as well as ex-Sherry casks.

The nose is full with notes of canned tropical fruit mix syrup, toffee, strawberry cotton candy, very ripe banana, oranges, canned nectarines, powdered sugar, red apple, elder flower syrup, little bit of spices and leather note.

On the palate I find a bit dryness from ginger, nutmeg and some vegetable root notes. Sweetness from apples, pear juice, heather honey, banana, oranges, mixed red summer fruits, grilled pineapple and vanilla. Medium length sweet finish with some lemon freshness and a hint of dark chocolate in the back. Scoring it an good 7,5/10. It is a balanced dram with lots of fresh and sweet notes making it interesting. Thanks for sharing a sample!

Old Pulteney - New Make

At the Pulteney distillery some new make spirit at 63,5% was shared for a nose and taste. It is a curious one I must say and took me a while to get the different layers in it. On the nose I find some lemon thyme freshness combined with sweet malt, a soft nutty note, creamy lemon cheese cake, thick dark berries sauce, hint of vanilla and liquorish root.

There is something that reminds me of fermenting apples, spices and herbs in it together with a hint of meat notes. In the start it was more poultry meat but after a while it changes in the glass and makes it more warm pork meat that is not done yet cooking through.

After a bit also notes of graphite, onions, furniture polish and creamy spinach come to mind. How something can start as fresh, fruity, creamy and herbal and change into something totally different... The palate is much the same experience as I got from the nose only adding some 'zwart wit kogels' on the medium length finish. Thanks for sharing the sample!