Old Pulteney – Row to the Pole

Yesterday the guys from Alembic Communications/Edinburgh Whisky Blog and Old Pulteney hosted a small Twitter Tasting for the release of the Old Pulteney Row to the Pole. Its a special bottling for a charity event in which a few tough dudes used a row boat to go to the magnetic north pole. This had never been done before, so to celebrate the success the distiller in Wick released this wee bottling.

I said wee since the bottle is only 35cl, but it still looks very good in its small cloth bag. At a recommended retail price of 20 quid, its very fairly priced too! Its a NAS bottling of mostly bourbon casks, but with a few sherry casks in the mix. Its bottled at 40% ABV.

The tasting started at 9 CET / 8 GMT which made for some confusion at first but in the end almost everyone was present online at the right time and the samples were poured.

Old Pulteney - Row to the PoleApples, straw and a little bitterness at first. It gets a bit of a salty tang when you nose this again. A little more fruit is added as well, with some tropical fruits like pineapple showing up. The apples and straw are most prominent, though.

It continues in the same direction as the nose, with the apples and straw leading the way. A little salt again, reminding me of a walk on the Fife coast I did last year. More grassy dunes than a sandy beach. There is also a little hint of some tannins and orange in there. That must be the sherry casks in the mix. The palate is a bit more fierce than I expected of a 40% whisky, but not in a bad way. The age of the whisky isn’t really showing, I would have believed it if they said it was 12 years old.

The finish is more or less similar to the flavour with apples and oranges, some straw and some salt and the smallest hint of milk chocolate.

I quite love this little bottling. There are some interesting flavours and scents in it that I like, with the salt fruity thing going on. Its not too exclusive which makes it very affordable and obtainable, I guess/hope. The only drawback is that its an everyday dram in a very small bottle. I see some issues there…

Old Pulteney Row to the Pole, 40%, £ 20, 35cl, not available in the Netherlands yet, but the Whisky Exchange skooped up some bottles.

4 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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