May is Whisky Review Month at WhiskySuggest.com. During this month, we’ll share 10 of the most entertaining, informative, unique or spot-on whisk(e)y reviews with the rest of the world. Every three days, a whisky review of one of the 50,000+ Whisky Suggest App users is selected as Featured Whisky Review. Today we’re sharing Jake0001‘s tasting notes of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old.
The complexity and excellence of this malt is outstanding for its price point. The nose is probably slightly too sweet for my taste and the salinity is just slightly too heavy, which for me drops this just outside the 90’s. But still an incredible dram nonetheless and for the price, one to keep stocked in the cabinet at all times!
The nose opens with a huge sweet honey influence, which gives way to oak, vanilla and sea air.
On the palate, there’s chocolate and more oak, before the salinity and citrus notes of this whisky really start to open up on the tongue and finally a peppery spice influence develops.
The finish is medium to short, but what it lacks in length is more than compensated by incredible complexity. The citrus really plays out in the finish, with salt staining the tongue. This gives way to chocolate eclair sweetness at the last (almost post finish if you know what I mean).