Old Pulteney 35yo [2014] Ob. 42.5%

  • N: First impressions – it’s so very Clynelish-esque. Salt smashed into honey, chilli and lemon – wonderful combo for a fresh sole fillet.
  • T: Malty, woody, limestone – good and complex arrival which softens quickly on the palate, becoming buttery, creamy and oily with grassy notes.


  • F: Soft wood oils, close to almond oil in consistency. Waxy, vanilla, fresh aniseed and fruits salivating to the last
  • C: Very good balance between wood and malt, a balance often a lacking in younger expressions. As a result it’s the best Pulteney expression i’ve tried to date, due in part to optimum maturation levels and conditions. Super stuff, outscoring the Balblair ’69 too. Like Balblair, the Pulteney spirit can handle the years – must be something to do with the climate up there.

Scores 90 points

Further reading: WB90.44[41] WF90 WMx