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.

Nose:
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.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
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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