In my experience, there is nothing quite the same as the Pulteney 12 - certainly not the Pulteney 17 which is much sweeter. The distinctive varnishy notes can be a little similar to some of the notes in Mortlach and, to a lesser extent perhaps, Glen Garioch, Imperial and Glenglassaugh. People talk about the coastal saltiness of Pulteney 12 but this is not, IMO, what makes it so distinctive. Perhaps I'm just not good at picking salty flavours.
I hope to get up to Wick during the summer.
I wouldn't describe the finish as salty, but perhaps slightly bitter and herbal, indeed even hoppy. There is indeed something aleish about it.
It is a bit like Scapa 14, but still has its own clear identity.
recently purchased a bottle of 17yo but will wait 'til a few other bottles have been finished before opening it. Jim Murray seems to rate it highly.
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