Old Pulteney 21 Year
Added on Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 at 04:37 AM
  Bottler: Old Pulteney
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $160 Availability: Better Stores
Malt from the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. Rated the best whisky in the in Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
White chocolate dipped apricots, honeycomb, and butterscotch. Nice oaky profile with a savoury smoke element that enhances the experience. Bright and fresh, bit of sea spray. Really nice with a great finish. 
Josh
 
NOSE
Complex orchard fruit, dried strawberries, toffee, citrus, cherry pie, malt and a light bit of Smarties and spice.

PALATE
Complex orchard fruit, dried strawberries, graham, banana, farmy malt, spice and some earthiness.

FINISH
Long -> Fruit and malt that turns to oak and ash.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good sense of balance, medium body and an oily feel.

Overall
I like the Old Pulteney 17 better than the Old Pulteney 21 Years. The 21 is missing some of the balance and composure that the 17 has even though their process of creation is quite similar. Both are blends of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks but the 21 uses more sherry which, in theory, means I should like it more… but I don’t.

The Aroma is sweetly fruit dominant and while the palate is more rustic than the aroma, but it’s still not balanced. When tasting it side-by-side with the Old Pulteney 17 it’s a bit off; the 17 is more cohesive and complex.
 
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