Released in 2013 to coincide with its sponsoring of a yacht in the Clipper Round the World Race, Old Pulteney Navigator was created to reflect the distillery's rich maritime heritage. Matured in ex-American bourbon and ex-Spanish sherry casks.
Black raisin and prune with a nice red berry sweetness. More oak and vanilla in the spicy middle. Finish is short and falls a little flat, but it is a good drinker and value. Youth shows in the middle. Has enough going on to keep it interesting. [B/B-]
N: It’s overall a fairly light nose with notes of fruit, honey, grassy malt and graham cracker. There is a spirity nature to the nose that hangs out in the background with wisps of vanilla frosting and an ambiguous artificial-like sweetness.
P: Muddled fruit and a sherry like sweetness make up most of the flavor with light notes of caramel, vanilla and hay. I don’t get much of that spirity nature on the palate, but is a small bit of it that comes and goes.
F: Medium and nutty with notes of malt, fruit and ash.
My biggest complaint with the Old Pulteney Navigator is that it’s $10 more than the Old Pulteney 12 years but it’s not as good let alone $10 better than it.