Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


7.5/10
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Sea whipped Highlander.

If you look at a map of Scotland, there is a little point at the top … that’s where the little towns of Wick and Pulteney are located, and this is where Old Pulteney Distillery calls home. Back when they built it in 1826, the only way in or out was by boat, and that was just fine because it kept the constables and tax collectors away. This is a Highland Whisky, which makes sense because if they were any higher in latitude, Santa Claus would be living next door. 
 
Located on the farthest northern reaches of Scotland, Old Pulteney is greatly influenced by seafaring and the rugged men who worked the sea. 

All this brings their 12-year-old expression a great maritime character added to its Highland heritage. Aged in ex-Bourbon casks this Scotch won numerous awards through years and is really something else. 

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salty
spicy
honey
smoky
black pepper
citrus
oak
seaweed
vanilla
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep amber with a copper glow.   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Citrusy, peppery with a whiff of maritime scent.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
A bit spicy and smoky with cream and honey sensation in the background.
 
Finish 
Long, smooth and dry.

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Ratings & Reviews
Paul
Paul,
The go-to scotch. Briney, complex, dried apricot and fig. And affordable.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smooth and easy
 
Avinash
Avinash,
seasealt, caramel,vanila.. probably my favorite for the price!
 
Josh
Josh,
Rich tasting whisky, definitely not a starter Scotch. Has a distinct smoky finish. Very, very good.
 
guest
guest,
Interesting salty apple aroma on the nose. Initial taste is sweet apple with some salty notes. Finish lingers producing some subtle oak and pepper notes. Very smooth and easy drinker.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey but smooth
 
Amber
Amber,
One of my favorites! Please try to make it available!
 
Emmanuel
Emmanuel,
Reminds me of a seaside coast. Maybe a small campfire to combat the salty weather.
 
Gary
Gary,
Very good
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Honey was a little too much. Not into spicy flavors so didn’t love the spice.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
My first impression was not good. When I added water and let it set for a while it improved.
 
Apache
Apache,
Long legs pepper salty finished with a oaky honey vanilla very enjoyable after a roasted chicken dinner
 
Don
Don,
Honey, smooth, building spice
 
Nick
Nick,
Not too smooth but nice flavors
 
Christian
Christian,
Solid scotch. Great color, great taste. Sweet smell
 
Michael
Michael,
Nice for the price. Light, floral, no peat.
 
Robert
Robert,
Not too shabby
 
James
James,
Smoother than the initial nose would suggest
 
Steve
Steve,
Not bad but the spicy flavor at the end is almost overpowering. I didn’t mind the sample but probably wouldn’t buy a whole bottle myself.
 
Ray
Ray,
Definite honey, vanilla and brine on the front end. Slow move through smoky into spicy and heat at the very far end.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Beautiful Scotch. Buttery & briney.
 
Cortland
Cortland,
Super interesting. Not the best scotch I’ve had but definitely the most unique tasting.
 
Eric
Eric,
Great flavors, almost a little creamy at the end.
 
James
James,
Solid scotch. Definitely taste the salty sea air of the Highlands, but a light honey finish brings it home nicely. I like it, but not a daily staple
 
Gary
Gary,
The salt overpowers all of the other nice notes in this dram. Ok as part of a whiskey tasting, but would not purchase an entire bottle for every day sipping.
 
Ronald
Ronald,
Recommended. Didn’t disappoint.
 
Burton
Burton,
Quite nice. Fruit and vanilla on the nose, salt in the background. Thin mouth feel, but flavorful pepper and honey, fruit. Top notch 12 year old.
 
Brian
Brian,
It starts with a smoky, salty flavor that quickly gives way to a rich sweetness of toffee and chocolate. Delicious and a great scotch to have neat.
 
Pen
Pen,
Nice bouquet, enjoyed the fruity notes, didn't care for the briny finish.
 
James
James,
Great taste not too strong, perfect drink to sip on.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
The honey blasts through at the end.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
That salt and pepper notes can be a little overwhelming
 
Brian
Brian,
The salty notes make this an interesting dram
 
Stephen
Stephen,
A unique taste, I’m not normally a scotch drinker but enjoyed this one. The salt notes set this apart from others with a mildly spicy note.
 
Michihiro
Michihiro,
I love the salt and spice!
 
Sam
Sam,
Not bad real salty taste but not a bad drink at all.
 
guest
guest,
Old stand by ... always yummy
 
Luke
Luke,
Honey and brine with a citrus finish. An all around favorite and exceptional value. Any everyday dram
 
Mark
Mark,
The best for the price. You can taste the salty sea.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Sweet but balanced 🤔
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
I liked it a lot. I am new to the whiskey thing and it was enjoyable.
 
Madison
Madison,
My favorite whisky that I tasted while I was studying in Scotland for six months.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Very pleasant overall. The salt is the number one aroma followed by a wonderful sweet tangerine or even tropical fruit. You can tell this is affected by the briny sea, but it’s a far cleaner brine than the Islays. The oak isn’t overpowering and it seems as if the bourbon influence is minimal. Very surprised at the deep tropical fruit that moves from nose to taste to finish. It’s a constant along with the saltiness. The salt lingers in the finish enough to beg you for another sip and another. Quite enjoyable and unique among the Highlands. Wonderful value for this price dram. Highly recommend.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
A little salt surprised me at the end. Not used to that. Definitely honey. Maybe vanilla? Not nearly as harsh as some of the others I've had recently.
 
guest
guest,
Balance is perfect. If there was a bit longer finish it’d be a 10
 
Daniel
Daniel,
A very good and affordable whisky, this is my everyday whisky, a whisky you can drink whenever, and share with whoever. Lovely
 
Kelly
Kelly,
My go to Scotch, I prefer it neat but a few drops of water doesn’t hurt to open her up. I’ve never been able to find something else that quite matches that unique salt flavor. -Good on ya and good drinking
 
Marcus
Marcus,
One of my very favorite 12 year olds. Clean.
 
Dr
Dr,
A very drinkable scotch that is not too harsh on the throat. Be careful though is is so smooth a half a bottle os gone before you know it!
 
Javier
Javier,
Awesome, absolutely love it. Extremely smooth. Caramel, malty and floral notes.
 
Richard
Richard,
It's quite good, but I don't enjoy it as much as the GlenDronach, Glenlivet, or bourbons in general.
 
guest
guest,
Classique, mais agréable
 
Ty
Ty,
Very complex and balanced for a 12 year old scotch. Best value single malt around. Oban 14 has a comparable flavor profile, but is not as good, and is nearly triple the price. Old Pulteney 12 is a no-brainer, must have.
 
Matt
Matt,
Good everyday scotch. If you like glenfidich you'll love this.
 
Chris
Chris,
Fruity, bourbon nose. Slightly peaty taste, but minimal negative impact. Taste was mostly creamy and smooth. Opened up with water.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth, flavors are mild but nice
 
guest
guest,
Very nice drinking, smooth with some nice flavor hints also.
 
Deborah
Deborah,
The nose on this scotch is reminiscent of the sea - salty with a hint of sweetness. The taste is dry, medium bodied with a hint of saltiness that balances nicely with the honey and citrus undertones.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Great every day dram and perhaps best bang for your buck.
 
guest
guest,
Very good and so much value for money, maybe one of the best in this category. Above average because of the combo sweet and spicy, for balance I give it a 10. The sweetness in the nose and taste is so good, the aftertaste makes it really good. Pay a couple of bucks more and you can give your guests better than classics like Glenfiddich 12, Glenlivet 12, Black Label and Chivas 12, all or good and value for money, the OP 12 is just so much better!
 
David
David,
Full and rich
 
guest
guest,
My favourite dram.. Perfect Balance of everything you can get from good single malts. There is little bit of everything.. Picked fruits, honey, spices and peat in my drams.. Go ahead and try one and I can bet you won't be disappointed.
 
Mark
Mark,
Tasty but slightly looser taste than others
 
Kevin
Kevin,
An excellent starting place fire starting your adventure into scotches, but will also grow on you with age. A wonderfully balanced experience.
 
Josh
Josh,
Wonderfully complex for a relatively new whisk(e)y enthusiast. Subtle pear under the honey, apples and dark barley sugar notes. Hints of almonds, pear and fruit skins give a nice finish.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth with a slight tart citrus
 
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