Ahah... Old Pulteney 12 is terrific, isn't it? "My new favorite" quoth a buddy of mine.
It's really got a neat nip, both in the nose, and the finish, and a beautifully balanced but really full taste, and quite distinctive (unlike GlenKinchie, which tastes good, but doesn't really stand out... as Admiral mentioned, not even amongst Lowlands...).
Now, in context, a person comes into my house and asks to try a "good" scoth, I would surely present the GlenKinchie before the Pulteney, just to prevent the "Pfft blech what the hell was that?" reaction a non-scotch drinker would most likely have to such a strongly flavoured drink.
I've sort of come to the conclusion that I can only rate malts in terms of what I like or don't... Some really highly loved ones I can't stand (Talisker comes to mind, and RedBreast I thought was decent, but not to be raved about), and I like some that others don't seem to (Is Glenfiddich's Solera Reserve thin and weak or subtle and delicate?)
Cheers to all, I'm off to the cupboard for a dram