A single cask Old Pulteney from a refill sherry butt, bottled for Van Wees and I believe some liquor shops through the Netherlands (The Specialist’s Choice, I think). Don’t mind if I do…
Anyway, you don’t come across sherried Pulteneys all that often, unless you can find the travel retail lighthouse series, or the previous series with boat numbers. I remember those not being all that awesome, those boat ones.
This 17 year old comes from a refill butt that was rather active, if the colour is any indication. I picked it up on a whim when visiting The Old Pipe, a liquor store with a huge whisky selection that I haven’t visited for way too long. They now have a beer shop as well as the port and whisky emporium.
Fruity, waxy, resinous with a tiny hint of rubber. The rubber wears off when you let it breathe for a few minutes. Then I get orange and sherry notes with leaher and furniture polish.
Sharp on my lips, but rather gentle further down the hatch. It does build up some heat though, with pepper, and a rich sweetness. Tropical fruit with wood, leather, pine resin and furniture polish again. Also some white pepper for heat.
The finish is very smooth too, with a tiny amount of white pepper that fades slowly. The fruitiness is gone quickly with dry wood and leather lingering longer. Strangely enough, I get some fresh herbs all of a sudden, mint maybe.
At first I wasn’t too big a fan of this one and it sat quietly gathering dust on my shelf. Since I picked it up for notes and some random whisky drinking, it has started to dwindle quickly, since it is a rather tasty dram. Nothing life changing of course, but one of the better sherried Pulteneys I’ve had.
Old Pulteney 1991-2009, 56.7%, cask 3643 – G&M Reserve for Van Wees. Used to cost about € 70 I think.