A Quick Dram: Pulteney 1998 Cask Strength

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A week or so ago I was sat at the bar after a hard day’s work wondering what whisky to have. After wasting fifteen minutes of my precious free time I eventually gave up trying to choose something for myself and left it in the hands of the bar staff. I was given a dram of a new Pulteney bottling from Gordon & Macphail. Distilled in 1998 it surprised me to see it was bottled one day before it would have turned 13 years old. It spent its time maturing in first fill bourbon casks and was bottled at cask strength. I just had to give it a little review.

Pulteney 1998 Cask Strength

Gordon & Macphail
56.9% ABV
£49.95 available here

Nose: It leaps out of the glass and I’m getting fresh orange peel and white chocolate washing over each other. This moves on to expensive custard that has been drizzled over nuts and berries. Adding a little bit of water really gets the best out of this little beast. Citrus fruits explode out at you and turn tropical with pineapple and kiwi fruit taking pride of place. That custard note is still in play and the whole thing combines to give it a summer desert kind of feel.

 

Palate: At first it reminds me of when you put a few different types of boiled sweets into your mouth at once. All those lovely fake fruity flavours combining but this might be something that only I do. They dissolve into a burnt caramel flavour that reminds me of creme brulee. As with the nose, water helps the palate as it tames this fiery little number. Custard cream biscuits are more apparent now with a drying finish.

Overall: It’s just full of all my favourite ‘fake’ fruity flavours. Really, really enjoyable and something that I would really recommend trying to get your hands on!

Turbo

Comments

  1. Noted, Turbo. A great review.

    I know exactly what you mean about the ‘fake fruit’ character of Pulteney. I get a supercharged apple note on the 12yo and so much candied orange on the 21yo it’s unreal. I have not had the pleasure of trying more of the Pulteney make at cask strength but it is such a fascinating spirit when left to its own devices I shall take any opportunity I have in future.

    Thanks.

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