One of the more interesting stands at Whisky Live Tel Aviv last week wasn’t an importer or a distillery, it was a for a local group organised by some whisky fans to try and increase give a little boost to the increasing interest in quality spirits. The guys behind the group had brought some interesting and unique whiskies from their personal collections to show people what good whisky can be and what it has to offer. One of those whiskies was this older version of Old Pulteney 17 (from the late 2000’s/early 2010’s), which is probably my favourite of their standard range, or was since it’s been discontinued :(. I’m not sure if the recipe changed when they changed to the most recent label design but I know at some point they stopped using PX in the mix of sherry casks, this one should still have that.
Aged 17 years. 46% ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Truffles. Brine. Dry grass. Honey. Vanilla. Red fruits. Slight earthliness.
Palate: Vanilla. Caramel. Toffee. Candied cherries. English fudge.
Finish: Medium. More vanilla and toffee. Light, dry wood. Stone fruits.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Unfortunately it’s been a while since I tried the newer version of this whisky so I can’t tell you if there is a noticeable difference. This was a bloody good whisky though, very easy and fruity with some depth to it.