Old Pulteney 12 year old is the entry-level from the Old Pulteney distillery. The distillery is located in the north of Scotland and is one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland. Their core range consists of three bottles, including this one, a 17 year old and a 21 year old. The 12 year old is the first one I’m reviewing. The rest will follow later this year.

This Old Pulteney has matured in ex-bourbon casks and is bottled at 40% ABV.

Old Pulteney 12 year old tasting notes:

Nose: Pineapple and butterscotch at first. Lemon. Bananas. Then a hint of vanilla and honey as well. It’s quite sweet and fruity. A pinch of sea salt and a gentle sea breeze. This is promising!

Taste:  Hmm, a bit dissapointing.. It is very light. Some feint sweetness, maybe caramel or sugar. Salt and minerals. Liquorice. Slightly bitter in the end. It doesn’t taste bad, but there just aren’t many flavours to discover.

Finish: Mid-long, with some spices. Salt en minerals too. Drying.

Well what can I say.. It isn’t a bad entry-level whisky. The nose is lovely and promised much, but the taste stays behind. The flavours are hard to find and it is quite flat and watery. I think if this whisky had a slightly higher ABV (maybe around 43%), that it would improve the taste hugeley. This would add a little bit more power to the taste. The finish is quite good though.