Old Pulteney 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and coastal. The first impact comes from ripe apples and lemons with a backdrop of honey and vanilla. There’s an outer layer of coastal notes like ocean air and sea salt. There’s also black liquorice floating around somewhere in between. A thin note of the oak is coming through very early. This is mild, but has a nice contrasting character which makes it a very nice nose.

Mouth: It starts out with sweet butterscotch and honey. The ripe apples are next to come through together with a dusty note. It’s not as fruity as on the nose. The coastal notes are still a nice feature and there’s also a medicinal iodine note surrounding everything on the outside. The black liquorice slowly appears and moves forward with time. The oak is noticable, but it stays in the back and never really moves forward.

Finish: Lemons and apples come up in a spike before the sweeter butterscotch and honey notes return. The apples disappear, but the lemons stay when the coastal notes start to take over. They do so together with a dry driftwood oakiness. It’s grey oak planks with a slightly nutty side to it, which is close to the taste of brazil nuts. The liquorice note stays for a long time down the line. This is a well made whisky with a lot to offer despite the low ABV. The contrasting flavours makes this a nice experience.

Additional information
This expression is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The biggest part of the barrels used are second fills.

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