Old Pulteney 17
Bottle: Thick and squashed with a double chin. Makes for a good finger grip (useful in rough seas perhaps… it is the maritime malt after all).
Nose: Salted butter, cantaloupe and floral notes.
Body: Medium and velvety.
Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, green peppercorns, cereals and beeswax. Reasonably lively.
Finish: Long with gentle heat. No real transformation, the palate flavours simply fade.
Neat/Ice/Water: 46% which is well weighted. No watering needed.
Verdict: Quaffable. The nose is a little anonynous but it comes alive in the mouth which is the best phase of this dram. This is very comfortable and easy. The sort of malt that you have when you aren’t looking for complexity or something overly challenging without it being dull at the same time. It gets a little soapy after a few sips but it’s reasonably good overall. It’s easy to obtain but I wouldn’t pay £65 for it again to be honest. For half that I can get the 12 year old which is also good and the extra 5 years don’t really warrant the expense.