OLD PULTENEY AGED 12 YEARS ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
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The 12-year-old expression from Old Pulteney released in mid-2018 was entirely aged in bourbon casks, resulting in a heavy influence of bourbon sweetness - which helps to balance the characteristic coastal salinity of the whisky.
Nose - Honeycomb, vanilla tablet, soft sawdust oakiness and oatcakes.
Palate - Chocolate peanuts, mint, citrus peels, maritime elements and white pepper.
Finish - Toffee, brine and lemon.
Though Pulteney is no longer mainland Scotland’s most northerly distillery its stills remain the country’s oldest. It is possible that they retain a similar design to that installed by James Henderson which was described as being similar to those as used by smugglers, though these are considerably larger.