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Old Pulteney 10 Year Old Review

5th March 2019
Review of the Old Pulteney 10 Year Old travel retail exclusive single malt whisky.

Old Pulteney 10 Year OldUnveiled back in October last year the Old Pulteney 10 Year Old is one of three travel retail exclusive whiskies from the Pulteney distillery in Wick on the north coast of Scotland

Matured for 10 years in second-fill American oak, ex-bourbon barrels it has been bottled at 40% ABV and I am pleased to say that it is presented in a 1 litre bottle.

The Old Pulteney 10 Year Old is very attractively priced for a 1 litre bottle with a RRP of 40.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Behind the gentle enticing barley sugar sweetness is some lovely spiced apple and pear mingling with equal portions of creamy vanilla toffee.

Taste: Honey laced with gentle sugared spice, pear and a touch of lemon citrus coats the mouth, the vanilla toffee announced by the nose joins the party.

Finish: Deliciously longish, the vanilla toffee fades first leaving some vibrant mildly drying oak spice with a slight sea salty edge.

Comment: A wonderful, very enjoyable light style Pulteney and a great example of a second-fill American oak, ex-bourbon barrel matured single malt whisky. It demonstrates that the quality spirit they produce at Pulteney doesn't need the intense influence from first fill or wine influenced casks to make it a good whisky but I will add that even at 10 years old it has a feistiness about it.

At 40 for a 1 litre bottle this is an affordable, everyday, high quality dramming whisky and it is good to see the return of an age statement in the Old Pulteney travel retail line-up, one to watch for on your travels that wont put much of a dent in your pocket in comparison to what you get for your money.

SMW Score 83/100

If you have no travel plans in the near future you can still find the Old Pulteney domestic core range of whiskies which was updated last year and some now discontinued Old Pulteney favourites such as the 17 year old available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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