Here we are with a serious whisky: the Old Pulteney 21 years old was awarded as the Best Whisky of the Year by the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012. We’re talking about a man with a low self-esteem that on his books uses to write: “Each whisky evaluated by whisky guru Jim Murray in his unique, forthright, honest, amusing, fiercely independent and non-pretentious style”. A climax turning into an oxymoron with that “non-pretentious”…
Anyway, here you can find some info about the distillery; the whisky is a vatting of ex-sherry (one third) and ex-bourbon casks (two thirds). We’d like to thank Davide from angelshare.it, who gave us a sample. The colour is pale amber.
N: dessert wine, panettone and sultanas; rather fruity, with apples and pears above all. Milk chocolate and almond. The sherry influence is more noticeable than expected. Honey and brown sugar notes arise. Maybe it’s our new obsession, but we smell star anise even here. Some hay, than the fruity side increases with a gorgeous figues aroma.
P: immediately mint notes stand out. Very sweet: again brown sugar and honey, with an extra citrus side and a pronounced spiciness (ginger and pepper). Raisins, even rhubarb, with a lot of malt (!). It’s not super-complex, but it’s really delicious; the sweetness turns to sugary citrus fruits. Zero oak influence, on the contrary.
F: toffee, coffee, hints of mint again. Apple, too. It is pleasantly prolonged on honey and grassy notes. Not infinite, but rather long.
We must recognize that this whisky is very tasty: wonderful balance between different aromas and flavors, each of them lively and without any “off note”. Some other whisky enthusiasts found a light smokiness and a hint of sea breeze, but we couldn’t. We’d like this whisky even more. From the bottom of our expertise, we couldn’t describe the Old Pulteney 21 yo as the “Best whisky of the year”. In fact, we give it 87/100 (that – just to be clear – is not a bad vote!). Serge and Ruben taste different batches, probably here e here.
Reccomended soundtrack: The little Willies – Jolene, cover of a song by Dolly Parton from the album For the good times; Norah Jones is singing.