Old Pulteney 12yo (40%, OB, +/-2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note


Old Pulteney 12yo (40%, OB, +/-2009)

From the north east of Scotland facing the Moray Firth is Pulteney Distillery in the town of Wick. The nose clean, malty, honeyed and vaguely salty; it is very, very nice. There is also a hint of goose berries. After some time in the glass the malt increases in stature. It’s not simple, however it’s not overly busy, like one of the three bears said “it’s just right”. The taste is much like the aromas and thus very balanced so far. There is fruit and malt and honey and a tinge of leather to give other flavours some back bone. The finish is warming, long and delicious and despite it being only 40% it fills the head with marvelous flavours. After a minute of two the malt pops up like a mushroom pushing its way out of the ground without the wretched mushroom aromas; just think about the activity of pushing up!). The finish is very long and an experience to behold.

A great malt moment from a distillery that is going from strength to strength.


Score 88 Points


  1. Red_Arremer says:

    Old Pulteney 12 does not typically cost 80$– at least not 80$ U.S. Or is this some special vintage dated bottling?

  2. admin10 says:

    This is the standard bottling. The pricing is correct and it is not a USA price. C$ denotes Canadian Dollars. Substantially higher taxes account for the difference.

  3. Red_Arremer says:

    Makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

  4. Slappy Jones says:

    Ouch! it’s $53.78 in NB,Canada.

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