Pulteney 12 was recently gifted me. wouldn't have chosen to buy it, as it didn't stick in my m,emory.
But I like it. Possibly not unlike the less peated Islays...but more salt than smoke. I find it tangy, zesty, lively, with an underlying sweetness. Not as soft as ,say, a glenmorangie.
The coastal quality is it's main draw for me. But the malt does offer more than just that. I've heard some people who didn't care for it, many who didn't have much reaction to it at all, and then some (including myself) who found it to be pretty good.
If you can get it for a low cost, then I'd say grab a bottle and try it out.
Old Pulteney 12 yrs OB 40%
Nose: Sherry and malt. Citrus, flowers and grass. Fudge. Fresh.
Palate: Light and dry body. Malty with a touch of peat. Liquorice and plums.
Finish: Short and a wee bit flat.
One I really liked was the Pulteney 18yo single cask OB. I'm not sure if it still is bottled.
Old Pulteney 18 yrs Cask Strenght OB 59%
Nose: Fruity, strawberries and orchids. Candy. Rum/raisin icecream. Cherrychocolate.
Palate: Medium body. Dry. Peaty. Chocolate, nuts and malt. Spicy with a touch of salt.
Finish: Medium to long. Peat and malt. Sweet and warm
I've ordered some 'mystery malt' called Whallagoe 23yo 55.3%, which is supposed to be OP - anyone know anything about it?
MrTattieHeid wrote:Di Blasi wrote:I have never tasted any from this distillery, but have one in my collection I wonder about.
Well then, what is it?
I think Pulteney is an underrated malt, generally, and an excellent value. However, there was that one godawful sherry-cask one we had at the Bow....
I thought you'd never ask MrT! It's Old Pulteney 1983 Single Cask #6181 57.5%. Have you had it?? Anyone else?
You could drive up to wick and pick up a bottle yourself !!
Would also recommend Scapa 14 yo, it's not as 'salty' as Old P, but has many of the same flavours, with more honey and malt.
kenmont wrote:I've now finished my first bottle of Old Pulteney 12 and it got me to thinking about price-point comparisons and relative tasting values. For its moderate price, Old Pulteney 12 rates comparatively well, I think, to scotches like Balvenie Doublewood, Erdalour, any of the Glenlivets and Glenfiddich offerings within the same approximate price ranges. Old Pulteney offers little in the way of peat aggressiveness but compensates by having an attractive honey-ish, subtle fruity aftertaste that one could easily call "pleasantly lingering." In the final analysis, I think this scotch could easily be regarded as an everyday drinking scotch that would not put a serious dent in a modestly substantial wallet. I'll be ordering a case of this scotch to keep on hand for personal use and as gifts to selected friends and family.
Thanks for the great input. I've been also thinking of buying a bottle to try, just because of the price ($35 where I am). It sounds interesting to me, and I like to try a wide range of single malts, so I'll have to pick one up.
Willie JJ wrote:Do it ryguy. You won't find better malt for the money, (other than special offers and lucky finds, etc. ). Its just a great dram for a very small price.
OK you've both convinced me. I'll be sure to report back after it comes in (I'll have to order it first).
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