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.)