OLD PULTENEY 18Y ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
88/100 - Distiller
Released as part of a fleet of new expressions by Old Pulteney in mid-2018, this 18-year-old single malt is drawn from a combination of bourbon and Spanish oak casks. Excellent stuff as ever from this Highland distillery.
Nose - Cinnamon-spiced cookie dough, mature oak, a very light touch of charcoal.
Palate - Dark chocolate and green apple make for a great juxtaposition of bitterness and sweetness, while waves of vanilla and rye bread sit in the background.
Finish - Citrus, sea salt and wet grass.
Though Pulteney is no longer mainland Scotland’s most northerly distillery its stills remain the country’s oddest. It is possible that they retain a similar design to that installed by James Henderson which were described as being similar to those as used by smugglers, though these are considerably larger.