Old Pulteney 1990
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  • sherry
  • smoky
  • spicy
  • walnuts
  • apple
  • zesty
  • orange zest
  • apricot
  • burnt

Old Pulteney

1990 (0.7l, 44%)
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Old Pulteney Vintage 1990 is a quarter-century of single-malt, hot smoky love with a side of Sherry. 

If you look at a map of Scotlandthere is a little point at the top … that’s where the little towns of Wick and Pulteneytown are located, and that 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 away. This is a Highland Whisky, which makes sense because if they were any higher in latitude, Santa Claus would be living next door. 
 
But these northern gentlemen keep themselves pretty busy. At last count, they produced 24 different bottlings and specialty offerings—all from their classic single-malt line. Tons of awards … yadda yadda yadda … great tradition of craftsmanship … yadda yadda yadda …. All you really need to know is that this is all great, single-malt whisky. Every drop that comes off their stills is worth the price of admission.

When we are talking about Old Pulteney, the question becomes, “Is it, or isn’t it a peated Whisky?” The answer is yes, sort of. This story starts 25 years ago when Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage dripped off the stills in the far north of Scotland. Now … those masters of the dram at Old Pulteney have been using ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks for years. But they also LOVE to experiment. 
 
So they took a set of those Bourbon and Sherry casks that were previously used to age a peated Whisky and re-used the crap out of ‘em once again. So not only does this fine, quarter-century-old, single-malt North Sea Goddess have the traditional flavor profile that Old Pulteney is famous for, but it gets some hot smokey love from the peated wonder who shared its bed. This is a Highland-lover’s smoky dram to be sure. 
 

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  • sherry
  • smoky
  • spicy
  • walnuts
  • apple
  • zesty
  • orange zest
  • apricot
  • burnt
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Character Dogson
In its early years, many of the men working Old Pulteney's stills were also fishermen.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
In its early years, many of the men working Old Pulteney's stills were also fishermen.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
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