Review: Old Pulteney 17 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

17 years; Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Pulteney (Wick, Scotland)

I had trouble finding this once looking for it - but, though Ontario hasn't seen it - to my knowledge - Quebec gets it from time to time, albeit at a bit of a cost. Pulteney expressions mature beautifully - worth a try, if you see it.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L14 123 R14/5173 IB 10:00

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Some very nice fruit here. And really opens up. Wax, mangoes, toffee, and some hay malty notes as on the nose. Honey, almonds, grapefruit, rose, some of those cheesy sherry notes,

The palate is very flavourful, with lots of nice straw, hamster cage, spices behind the scenes, terrific malt, honey – big with good mouthfeel. The sherry makes its presence lightly known. Terrific barley, and strong woody notes…hmm, how do I describe it – reminding me of twigs breaking as I gather them for afire. Quite a mixed bowl of candied nuts too. Mmm.

Finish has honey, light wood, and some very nice spices once again. Great feel to it. Vanilla and oak creeping through as well. And a bit dry and spicy, yet surprisingly a bit creamy.

Very well balanced, very enjoyable. Changes nicely, as well.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low at $155.