The third and last whisky from the Old Pulteney Twitter Tasting is named after the Pentland Skerries lighthouse on the island of Muckle Skerry in the Pentland Firth. An important lighthouse for the crossing from the mainland to Orkney in an area notorious for its bad weather, this was a rather important place.
The whisky named after it is the 100% sherry matured one of the three bottlings. Let’s see where I stand on this one.
It’s heavily sherried, that’s for sure. It has the same typical Old Pulteney + sherry characteristics of nuts and moldy dunnage warehouses. I get some over aged Dutch cheese with salt crystals. After a short while toffee develops on the nose.
On the palate this whisky is very gentle with slightly salty Scottish tablet, wood, nuts and toffee. It has that cheddar/gouda cheesiness again. This time slightly sweaty, as if the cheese hasn’t been refrigerated.
The finish has some goodness to it, but accompanied by the not unexpected rubber flavour. It’s not very long and when it starts fading the toffee flavour lingers.
This was, by far, the most interesting sample of the three. You recognize it’s still quite young, but mostly because it doesn’t taste old, not because you can almost seperate the new make from the wood influence. It still won’t make my wishlist since I think at £ 54.99 it’s a bit on the expensive side for such a youngster. And also, I still like the 12 and 17 more. Both of those are cheaper than this one.
Old Pulteney, Pentland Skerries, Lighthouse series, 46%, £ 54.99