Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Pleasures Are To Be Had - Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt
Here is a surprising and enjoyable dram any whisky lover needs to experience, the Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt. We, as a club, were sent this bottle recently to open and experience at a recent D.T.W.C. members meeting. It should be noted from memory everyone enjoyed what it had to offer with high praise around the table. I do believe at that stage not one member had yet had a Old Pulteney expression.

Old Pulteney is a Scotch single malt distillery located in the far reaches of Scottish Highlands in the town of Wick and is currently owed by Inver House Distillers. Founded in 1826, Old Pulteney drew it's name from 'Pultenytown', a small township setup to house the local fisherman of Wick. The distillery can lay claim as being one of the most northerly distilleries of the Scottish mainland, expressing its unique nautical pleasures from the local environment and sea air blowing across from the North Sea. It can be assumed that the air dried ex-bourbon casks are indeed being infused with regions sea air adding to that mild maritime saltiness.

I have not seen a lot of the Old Pulteney in Australia at all which is a really pity now I have experienced it but if your on the hunt then try your local Dan Murphy's and you may be able to pick it up for around $74.99 a bottle. Current Dan Murphy's listing only display the 12yo as being the old expression available. I am sure independent specialists will of course be securing their own stocks but I will leave that search up to you.

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt
Distillery: Old Pulteney Distillery
Region / Location: Highland, Wick, Scotland
Cask: Air Dried Ex Bourbon
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Colour: Golden Honey

Nose: High florals, sweet light woody honeys, green cut grass, gently laced with salty spiciness. There is a note of smoke but ever so mild. This smoke effect may actually be coming from the charred bourbon casks more so than the whisky making process.

Taste: Soft and buttery at first with the same woody honeys quickly rounding into mildly medicinal salty spices.

Finish: Very long warming with a medium dry effect in the throat that triggers that pavlov's dog effect as the palate gets excited for more.

Overall: Genuinely good balance. The salty notes are just enough to trigger the tastes buds to explore more while the ever so mild smokiness offsetting the sweetness. A whisky where the nose and taste are very similar and with so much flavour present, I was assuming the ABV to be much higher than 40%. In a nutshell it is the love child of a The Glenlivet and Talisker.

This whisky is not going to rock your boat so to speak and make you see stars in the heavens but its clean comfortable character will always leave you with a familiar warming memory. Something you can settle down to on a cold winters night and know the pleasures are to be had.

If I was to give a dram then it would  be 5 3/4 out of 7. Truly enjoyable and I personally would buy it again. I am certainly now on the hunt for the other varied expressions the distillery has to offer.

Thanks to Alembic Communications Ltd and Inver House Distillers for the delivery of the bottle. It was greatly appreciated by all the D.T.W.C. crew.

The Baron