I’m always on the lookout for independent bottlings of Old Pulteney. I really like the (now discontinued) 17 & 21 year old distillery bottlings, but IB’s are few and far between and it’s always fun to get a feel for the same spirit done differently. This one is from Cadenhead’s Authentic collection, it says it was matured in a bourbon hogshead, judging by the colour we’re talking about a refill cask so should be pretty raw spirit here.
Aged 11 years. 56.1% ABV. Matured in a bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Very new makey. Lots of yeast esters. Sour porridge. Malt. Lemon curd. Sea spray. Opens after a while with some yellow apples and floral notes.
Palate: More yeast and malt along with some marmite and pepper. Slight citrus and ethanol. Cheap peach schnapps. Brine on the end.
Finish: Medium. Green peppers. Marmite. Tonic water. Chalk.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No
I’ve had some very enjoyable young whiskies but this one falls well short of the mark. The ethanol is way to apparent and it tastes a good deal younger than it is and is quite unrefined. Must have been a very tired cask.