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Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010


Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:10 am

Welcome to the Old Pulteney Live Forum Tasting

The Whiskies

12
17
21

And any other Old Pulteneys you may have.......

Date and Time


Friday 15th January - Sunday 17th January


About...
For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)

We look forward to seeing you starting Friday evening.....
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:25 am

Old Pulteney 12

Pulteney
12
Sweet malt, honey. After a few minutes in the glass, sea air and wet rocks. Getting brinier by the moment, now sea spray and fishing boats, deisel.
Malty, sweet, with a bit of sherry character. Slight salt.
Malt, dried fruits and spice, salt.
The sherry notes and salt make an appearance on the palate but become much more prominent on the finish.
Amber
0

12 Years Old
0
43%
-

Single Malt
Highland
None
None
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Great dram, and a lovely bottle to boot!
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:36 am

Old Pulteney 15, G&M

Pulteney
-
The seaside, briny elements are present from the get-go, along with chocolate, nutmeg, marzipan, and Hefeweizen.
Silky mouthfeel (does that mean thin?), upfront sherry sweetness and spice. A little burnt toast.
Salt at the back of the mouth, pepper and spice.
Excellent nose and finish, the palate lets it down slightly as it's lacking complexity. I suspect this is from refill sherry, as there's no noticeable bourbon influence but the sherry is subdued.
Amber
0

15 Years Old
0
40%
Gordon & MacPhail

Single Malt
Highland
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None
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:38 am

These are both very good whiskies. If I had to choose between them...I couldn't. Fortunately, I don't have to! They are variations on the same theme, and it's a theme that resonates with me.

Edit: Thanks Sean. I look forward to seeing your notes.
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:34 pm

Just noticed this !
Have 3 i can taste later.....
Am old unopened 12yo O.b.
A 14yo 25cl from Demi Johns in Edinburgh
52.18 , a cracking 7yo from the Society
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:35 pm

Hi folks

I'm back (after a long absence) and have a few lovely OPs to try. It's been too long, this should be fun!

Away to charge my glass, back in a mo

Slange
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:19 pm

Pulteney - Official Bottling - 12 years -

Nose - Sweet, reminds me of marzipan, very 'appetising'

Taste - Lovely mouthfeel on arrival and a good mix of sweet and salty flavours - very nice - took me by surprise - I can chew this for ages - later on the salt dominates

Finish - The salt dominates, tingles away, short to medium

Comments - This wasn't a promising start - when I opened the bottle for the first time the cork split in the bottle. This whisky is much better than I remember from the last time I tasted it. I'm delighted I opened the bottle
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:38 pm

First one of the night.....

Expression - Old Pulteney 12yo O.b.
Age - 12yo
ABV - 40%
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Very Malty and sweet (Honey) , Maritimey / Sea air , salty .
Palate - Quite oily especially for 40% , again Honey sweetness , almost a candied peel taste as well . A touch of saltiness as well .
Finish - Shortish dry sweetness , honeyed again
Comments - A quite mellow dram , wouldn't drink a lot of it but pleasant enough .
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:59 pm

Expression - DemiJohns' 14yo Old Pulteney
Age - 14yo
ABV - 59.4%
Cask / Bottle No. - Sherry /
Colour - Dark Amber / Light Mahogany
Nose - Very Sherried , Dried fruits , spices , not sulphury liked i remembered it was !
Palate - Again big on the sherry , a touch sulphur on the palate also Cola cube sweets , not a great deal else . Eventually a bit of honeyed sweetness seems to emerge.....
Finish - Long , sherry and Cola cube sweets .
Comments - Bought From DemiJohn on Victoria Street , Edinburgh a few years ago .Fill your own little bottles , this one is a 25cl Bottle . I bought this on the way to my first Whisky Fringe when it was held up next to the RMW shop . It used to be not a nice dram ( they wouldn't let us taste it and it was bought for it's then rarity value , Pulteney single sherry casks were a bit rare....) , at least now it seems to have settled down.....even if there seems to be very little of the Pulteney coming through the sherry!
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:08 pm

Good evening Sean, Gordon and anyone I've missed

Here's my next one -

Gordon & Macphail Cask Strength, Cask No 2402, First Fill Sherry Butt, Distilled 25 October 1993, Bottled 16 May 2007, 59.9% abv

Nose - First dram from the bottle - so full on it's amazing! Lots of sherry (like a proper sherry trifle). There is also an orange note and a definite almond note lurking at the back. A hint of salt eventually makes an appearance. Lovely.

Taste - Initially soft, delicate for all its strength, with sherry then almonds, and a touch of attitude/roughness which is lovely, oranges, and something like menthol at the end. Really lovely.

Finish - Gentle, deep, lasting, again an edge/touch of roughness in a good way, lasting, calming, peaceful, close your eyes and enjoy whisky. Fabulous

Comment - A really wonderful experience. I am now at peace with the world haha. Another bottle I am delighted to have opened tonight - no probs with the cork this time
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:16 pm

Expression - SMWS 52.18 "Rock, salt and nails in a shotgun"
Year - June 2001
Age - 7yo
ABV - 66.3%
Cask / Bottle No. - Refill Barrel / 1 of 228 Bottles
Colour - Light Gold
Nose - Stewed fruits , Maritimey , Opal Fruits (Starbursts ?) especially the citric ones..... Very fresh smelling !
Palate - Again fresh and fruity on the palate , peppery , lovely vanilla drifts across the tongue . again Juicy opal fruits , Excellent .
Finish - Long ,
Comments - I wouldn't have tried this one if it wasn't for Steve behind the bar at The Vaults , ended up buying a bottle, the lesson is these guys know their stuff don't be afraid to ask their advice , My first Society Old Pulteney , Dangerously Drinkable for 66%+ and glorious for 7yo !
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:18 pm

Well that's all my Pulteneys , i'll be over in the SOI chatroom if anyone fancies a natter .
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:31 pm

Mmmm Blue Stilton goes very well with CS Pulteney......
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:51 pm

Hi Nick!

Yes it's been too long but it's great to be back!

Gordon & Macphail Cask Strength, Cask No 5469, First Fill Sherry Butt, Distilled 15 October 1990, Bottled 26 May 2006, 59.0% abv

Really good notes for this one were posted by Treacle Sponge - Christmas Drams - 13 December 2008 - I couldn't come close - honest!

Tonight, to begin with, I found the sulphur notes on the 1990/2006 a tiny bit frustrating after really enjoying the 1993/2007 - see above. However I persevered and I'm again at peace with the 1990 whisky (and with the world)

If it's still available I would really recommend the 1993/2007 Gordon & Macphail. I'm not a huge fan of sherried whiskies but it really is lovely - possibly the distillery character adds a dimension

That's me for tonight, till the next time have fun, be happy and take care

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PS I'll try and check in again later - it's been a hoot
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:52 am

Better late than never I suppose!

Expression - SMWS 52.18 "Rock, salt and nails in a shotgun"
Year - June 2001
Age - 7yo
ABV - 66.3%
Cask / Bottle No. - Refill Barrel
Colour - Bright Gold
Nose - Light citrus fruits, with sea salts and a whisp of campfire smoke.
Palate - WOW, a huge blast of salt, then it becomes bright like a fresh cut fruit salad.
Finish - The finish is long with something sweet like candy and a bit of salt towards the end.
Comments - A very interesting bottling indeed, very much different from the standard OP bottlings, and much better, that's for sure!
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:42 pm

I had a sample of this one handed to me the other day, so here goes.

Expression - Old Pulteney Millenium
Year - 1982
Age - 15yo
ABV - 59.4%
Colour - Dark gold
Nose - This is clearly a sherry cask. Full of dark fruits, some rubber and also chocolate fruitcake?
Palate - Very full bodied, not your typical OP that's for sure. Starts really sweet and fruity, then some burnt rubber with a bit of maritime notes and some smoke.
Finish - The finish is long and drying, becomes fruitier towards the very end.
Comments - This is completely different from any other OP's that I've had, it has a huge sherry influence that's for sure.
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Stewart » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:09 am

OLD PULTENEY 12

COLOR: Light gold
NOSE: Salt, slight smoke, honey, apples, very slight sherry, slight mustard, and spice somewhere between cinnamon and pepper
BODY: More than thin, less than medium
PALATE: Semi-sharp attack, a mixture of salt and thin honey-syrup, some light spice, young white wood
FINISH: Short to medium...some light smoke/fire fills the nostrils
COMMENT: enjoyable, inexpensive representation of whisky placed between an Islay and a more inland-type but not as memorable as others. A little water bring out some butter and makes it a bit smoother, but otherwise detracts from the experience. It is tasty and good value for the money spent. A good addition for everyday drinking and light occasions. But I still prefer and find more interesting, other whiskies in the same general price range, like Highland Park 12 and Johnnie Walker Black. I liked reviews of the 17-year-old but was deterred by the price. Next time, I'll gamble on the 17.
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Re: Old Pulteney Live Tasting - January 15-17, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:09 pm

Very nice Stewart, thank you for the notes! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Be sure to check out what else is going on over in the Live Tasting Forum. Next weekend (well, pretty much the entire month of April) we are hosting a Japanese Whiskies tasting. Hope to see you around!
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