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Old Pulteney Duncansby Head

28th June 2013
Old Pulteney Ducansby Head new travel retail exclusive.

Ducansby Head is the second of three new bottlings from Old Pulteney in their Old Pulteney Lighthouse Series which is exclusive to travel retail.

Old Pulteney Ducansby Head features a bright coral red label and tube, the eye catching packaging depicts an image of Duncansby Head lighthouse. Situated near to John O’Groats at the very northern tip of Scotland, the lighthouse protected a dangerous part of the Pentland Firth where the Atlantic waters flow into the North Sea.

Matured in ex American bourbon and ex Spanish sherry casks, the whisky has a sweet full bodied taste with notes of honey, chocolate and oranges. Bottled at 46% ABV, with a RRP of Ł44.99

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Honey, vanilla, orange and raisins.

Taste: Some mild oak spice, lemon peel, vanilla, some peachy notes, some youthful sherried notes that hasn't yet quite married with the more mature bourbon.

Finish: Honeyed, bit of spice, some orange, a mild slowly drying mild young sherried oakiness.

Comment: A vanilla, honeyed, raisiny dram, a very easy to drink Pulteney for any occasion. I do suspect that the ex Spanish sherry casks in the vatting is quite young and would have benefited from marrying a little longer with the ex American bourbon casks in the vatting. Still a very enjoyable dram.

SMW Score 83/100

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