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Old Pulteney 2007 Single Cask #1468

50.2% ABV - Highlands, Scotland

Nose: A whalop of rich, dark stewed fruits and jams, with chocolate and spices.

Taste: Warming dark fruits, baking spices, and cherry-plum-chocolate cake, with spinklings of citrus and salty air.

Finish: Spices and fruits, with hints of chocolate, cherry, and… bubblegum!

I have really started to open up to Old Pulteney. The first expression I tasted was Pentland Skerries of all things – a travel retail exclusive, and not a typical representation of the house character. I think that was only one or two years ago, and I have since tried 7 more drams – ticking off the age-stated core range, and also including a rare opportunity to taste the venerable 1989 vintage… it’ll be hard to top that! This one here is a great whisky, though the price point is difficult (~$220CAD, after 15% taxes) and that is the leading reason I do not have a backup bottle.

There is another single cask exclusive to BC Liquor Stores that was released in 2019 – though it is ex-Bourbon cask, and was distilled in 2004. I had the opportunity to try this ex-Sherry Hogshead with it side-by-side and it was quite a contrast! Ultimately, this was my favourite of the two. Loads of chocolates and dark fruits. Absolutely delicious! (Noted that last year, in 2018, I picked up an ex-Bourbon single cask Old Pulteney… so, in some way, I probably just wanted to have a different flavour profile.)

Details: Distilled 2007, Bottled 2019. Cask #1468. Bottle 126 / 372. Exclusive to BC Liquor Stores. ex-Sherry Hogshead.

Tasted 05, 12 March 2020. (Posted 26 March 2020.)

93/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies – I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Great bottles to have stocked at all times.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would gladly order at a restaurant or buy a bottle.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to mix it with soda or in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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