Scotch - Single Malt

Old Pulteney 12yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Highlands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Proof66 Notes

The 12yr is the youngest expression from the distillery and is regarded as the "definitive expression" from Pulteney. They regard it as having a faintly salty (from the sea air) and a slight sherry note. It is bottled at a very gentle 80 proof (compare with many single malts at 86 proof).

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This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
Shmotch Shmotch (52)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-07-17)
I would recommend with a touch of water. This single malt is very pleasant, smooth, but without a lot of body. A nice level of sweetness, faint seaspray. This scotch is also a good price point at under $50. Glenmorangie 12 is comparable.
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Muncher Muncher (575)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-12-05)
This whisky is a great value for an entry level "Maritime Malt". It's much more complex than the entries from the other well known distilleries. I like it better than the 12's from Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Balvenie, Aberlour, Speyburn (10 year), and Tomatin. Glenmorangie and Macallan would require some side by side glencairns because those two malts are quite tasty in my opinion. I agree with PhatCat about the nose: I also get tropical fruits and seaweed/brine along with some honey and floral notes as well. The palate is similar to the nose but there's also a big note of oaky spice/pepper in there too. I don't think the finish is short at all; I think the opposite in fact. The floral notes and that oaky spice/pepper quality hang around for quite some time after swallowing. I definitely like the 21 year better than the 12, but I don't know if the 21 is worth being triple the price of the 12. Bottom line: this scotch is well worth the $38 I paid for it.
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PhatCat PhatCat (14)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-03-18)
Tropical fruits and seaweed/brine on the nose come through beautifully on the palate, but unfortunately, they lead into a short, dry finish of salty, nutty, toffee that is a little disappointing. That combined with the alcohol bite give off the impression of a younger scotch and ultimately holds this one back from being anything better than decent. Still, even with its flaws, it's a recommendable whisky given its price. There are some good flavors in the 12YR, so I'm curious to try older expressions from Old Pulteney to see if extended aging is able to smooth out the rough edges.
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alanlheath alanlheath (7)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-12-07)
Lovely nose of sweet honey and florals and toffee. Medium body, medium finish. My go to Scotch!
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