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Old Pulteney 16 Year Old Review

5th March 2019
Review of the Old Pulteney 16 Year Old travel retail exclusive single malt whisky.

Old Pulteney 16 Year OldThe Old Pulteney 16 Year Old sits at the top of the Wick distillery's new look travel retail exclusive range.

Initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and then further matured in Spanish oak casks that have been seasoned with Oloroso sherry.

The Old Pulteney 16 Year Old is bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and naturally coloured, it is presented in a 70cl bottle and has a RRP of 80.

It may be worth noting that this will only be available in travel retail outlets where the two other travel retail exclusive whiskies, the 10 Year Old and 2006 Vintage, are offered.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Barley sugared honey and some gentle vanilla, spiced green apple and lemon citrus, some distant raisin and a lovely sea salty breeze.

Taste: Deliciously sweet, rich and spicy with Demerara sugar sweetened spiced raisins, a touch of apricot and just the slightest salty liquorice tinge. Some late toffee and a lovely mouth coating peppery oak spice.

Finish: A long finish with some creamy raisiny toffee and some sweet peppery spice.

Comment: Did I say delicious already? I actually sat down to review this a couple of nights ago and this is now my third consecutive night dramming this which is a very good indication of how highly I rate it, to put it simply this is a outstanding expression from the distillery up in Wick on Scotland's north coast. Its barley sugared, honeyed notes with a coastal tinge let you know that this is a without a doubt an Old Pulteney whisky from start to finish and the Oloroso sherry cask finish simply adds a delightful fruity edge to the whisky.

Given its price tag of 80 for a travel retail exclusive whisky I am guessing the folks up in Wick know that they have something special here to have set the price at this level. My only negative is they chose to bottle it in a 70cl bottle which means the pleasure doesn't last as long if it had been a 1 litre bottle which is fine for frequent travellers but those who are not lucky enough to pass through the airports as often and have access to the travel retail offerings a 70cl bottle is not what you want to find at the airport which I know has a major influence on the travel retail whisky buyer which the majority of which wont be frequent flyers, so take note whisky companies bottle the travel retail exclusive bottlings in 1 litre bottles and if dare I say it increase the price if you have to.

SMW Score 94/100

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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