Old Pulteney 12 – A Review

OP

So I’ve strayed away from the Old Pulteney range ever since I smashed a bottle of the 21 year old on the floor, in the bar I used to manage in Vancouver, when loading in new inventory…. I know….. Thankfully though, I was doing a good enough job there not to get in any real trouble but I was never let forget about it.

So seeing this miniature on the shelves in Edinburgh on a recent trip I couldn’t resist to try some a re-live a funny story.

Colour: Straw gold.

Nose: crisp, fruit, light toasted notes, saltiness.

Palate: Saltiness and brime on forefront, light toasted oak, nuts and raisins.

Finish: lingering finish, salt, brime, oak and spices.

Score: 80/100.

I think that the story might rate higher in my books than this whisky. I paired it with some sea bass and it went down quite well and I think the saltiness and the sea side brime pairs to fish very well. On its own though, its not a bad whisky. Is it amazing? Not particularly. Supposedly the 17 and the 21 are fantastic so I look forward to trying and reviewing those when I build up some more disposable income

Macallan Gold – A Review

MacAllan

So I have sold a tonne of Macallan gold but never actually tried it myself. Macallan’s 1824 series sees the Gold officially as the baby of the group. They brought back the sherry finish/maturation that made them famous after the awful reputation that the fine oak series awarded them.

The gold replaced the 10 year old on price point. Not officially a ten year old since Macallan have opted to denote the quality of this NAS range by colour.

Colour: Golden (as the name suggests)

Nose: Strong citrus and vanilla tones, light sherry, wood spice and a slight hint of nut buried deep.

Palate: light wood spice, sweet fruits, sherry and oak coming through and finally nuts and malt cover the palate.

Finish: Strong wood spice, nutty and fruit taste remains.

Score: 85/100

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this low end NAS offering. Nice dram. Good flavour profile. Its got the burn of a young whiskey but that is to be expected with the replacement for the ten. Bottles retail here in Ireland for 63.99. Probably not going to buy a bottle for myself but definitely wouldn’t turn my nose up at a glass