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22 Oct 2010

Old Pulteney 1990 (cask #5253)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Old Pulteney

Old Pulteney whiskyOld Pulteney is produced in the northernmost distillery on the mainland of Scotland. As a former herring port, the town of Wick is located by the sea and this affects the whisky of the Pulteney distillery.

This is an ex-bourbon single cask (brought in from Laphroaig distillery) that can only be acquired by hand-filling your bottle at the distillery. I’ve heard it’s still available. The cask was filled on 30/10/1990 so it will soon be a
20 year-old.



Old Pulteney 1990 cask 5253 Old Pulteney 19 yo 1990 (57,4%, OB 2010,
cask #5253, distillery only)

Nose: an elegant combination of maritime notes (sea air, salt flakes, wet beach) and honeyed citrus. It balances between dry aromas (manzanilla style) and a sweet, lovely fruitiness with hints of coconut. I also get some vanilla cake and whiffs of freshly sawn wood. A great combination really. Little or no signs of peat. Mouth: powerful attack, very dry and a little earthy now with notes of herbal tea. Quite some spicy notes (ginger, liquorice). A minimal fruity side (coconut and honey). Quite bitter. Definitely hints of peat now. Water rounds it off and makes it sweeter. Finish: dry and herbal with a salty edge. Medium long.

A dry and maritime malt – recommended if you like Manzanilla sherry, I’d say. Not very complex but it harmonizes nicely and has plenty of character. Around € 90.

Score: 86/100


ps/ Not really whisky-related, just sponsored by Old Pulteney “The genuine maritime malt”: the Row to the Pole expedition.

Old Pulteney 1990 (cask #5253) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-22



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