Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Mashtun notes:

On the nose you get vanilla, bourbon, citrus fruits, perfume, toasted almonds, and salty brine. The taste had citrus, malt, roasted almonds, spicy wood, a slight hint of Crème de Cassis and salt. It had a medium finish that was slightly salty with slight hints of dark chocolate, honey, and fruit. The whisky looked a bit like white wine but had a lovely oily texture. Letting this dram breathe brought out vanilla on the nose and slightly mellowed the experience. Adding water brought out a fantastic creamy texture and hints of bourbon and vanilla. It also brought out some citrus notes and a hint of the seaside on the nose.

You don’t get many Old Pulteneys’ from the SMWS and we certainly enjoyed trying this one. It has a fair bit going on but not so much that you don’t enjoy it. This is a dram that grows and grows on you the more you drink it.

Overall MashTun Score = 76/100

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

SMWS name: Flapping Sales and Ships Timbers.

The nose invokes sea breezes and old wooden sailing ships, five-spice powder, honey on toast, and salted caramels; coconut, lemon and jasmine later. The palate has sweet barley, toasted marshmallows, vanilla, and foamy shrimps (finishing with liquorice, lemon and teasing spice).

Notes: 54.6% ABV – SMWS 16 year old Old Pulteney. Bourbon cask. 269 bottles produced and £65 per bottle at time of tasting.

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Nose:

Vanilla, bourbon, citrus, and salty brine

Palate:

Salt, citrus, and roasted almonds

Finish:

Medium to long with hints of dark chocolate before a salty end

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Oily

Air:

Mellows the nose and palate

Water:

Adding water makes the dram creamy, brings out hints of citrus, bourbon, and vanilla, and reduces the salty finish

Overall score and comments:

77/100 – A lovely Old Pulteney from the SMWS. It’s light, creamy, salty, and has that SMWS feel.

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Nose:

Bourbon and vanilla notes come first then citrus fruits, cherries, toasted almonds and thyme

Palate:

Crème de Cassis, variations of dark fruits, touch of salt

Finish:

Fairly long, holds on to the deeper fruit notes

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Smooth

Air:

Mellows

Water:

Fruit flavours develop, becomes creamier

Overall score and comments:

77/100 – Very bright and refreshing, I thought it was a little characterless at first nose but it really opened up with water.

Old Pulteney 16yr SMWS 52.19

Nose:

Light seaweed, with wiffs of sweet perfume and polished leather

Palate:

Salt, malt with a heavy spicy wood

Finish:

Medium finish with salt, small licks of honey at the end

Colour:

White wine

Texture:

Oily and light

Air:

Brings out vanilla on nose

Water:

Actually brings a little more seaside out on the nose but does the opposite with the palate

Overall score and comments:

75/100 - A nice Pulteney from the society that goes way beyond the standard. I think a nice wee splash, but not too much, tames the salty seadog just right.

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