Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old
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A very popular Highland dram, with a big sherry presence alongside sweet citrus fruit notes and a faint whiff of brine. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old
Cask Type


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Lemon Lemon
  • Lime Lime
  • Banana Banana
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Deep amber with a slight pink hue.

    Nose: Medium to high intensity, dry with a briny hint of sea air.

    Palate: Sweet, floral, citrus: lemon and lime plus dry banana skin. Smooth and faintly salty.

119 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    12 May

    Good dram.

  • 5
    6 March

    Very good!

  • 3
    11 December 2018

    Not a bad dram for the money. As I finish this bottle, I find that I like it less and less. There's this grape/cherry Kool Aid note that just smells synthetic. The saltiness adds a tart tang to the experience, which is unique, but it doesn't feel 100% in balance here. Almost.

  • 4
    29 November 2018

    Bit acidy, but really nice and highly enjoyable at the same time. Bargain price too when I purchased.

  • 4
    16 October 2018

    I really enjoyed this dram.. Ive not drunk scotch for a while now, I’m more of a premium rum and bourbon guy. But i’ve been fancying going back to what started my love affair off with the finer spirits and bought this. It’s a smooth, sweet whisky with a nice finish; slightly salty, a bit like Tobomory and other coastal Scotch. There’s honey notes in there but yet not too peaty, it’s true if you add a teaspoon of water this really brings out more intense flavours... I’ve already treated myself to another bottle.

  • 4
    3 October 2018

    What’s happened to Old Pulteney 12yo? This has been our favourite malt for so years, but soon after winning WiFi’s awards for their 21 yo the quality of 12 yo has deteriorated. Noticeably harsher. The ”honey smooth” has disappeared. The owners are clearly “sweating“ this brand now. Still good but there’s better now at the price. Sad really.

  • 4
    23 August 2018

    I've recently gotten into Scotch. Tried several different brands, started with Glenmorangie Companta then several other offerings from that distiller. ALL excellent as far as I'm concerned it's just that here in the USA its (1) hard if not impossible to find other than the 3 QR, Lasanta, Original and (2) pricey. I've started trying different brands and have had some decent (to me) scotch. This OP 12yr was on sale for 39.00 and so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. It fits my budget quite nicely. Very good in my amateur opinion. I would buy it again... and again.

  • 5
    14 August 2018

    Excellent! The bite of scotch with a slight honey and spice, but not overpowering. One of the best Scotches I’ve ever tasted. Exceedingly smooth. No wonder it’s won awards.

  • 2
    21 July 2018

    Think this has either had seawater added of the casks have been soaked in it.

  • 3
    20 July 2018

    Far too salty. Tastes like they have actually added salt.

  • 3
    14 July 2018

    Just open a new bottle of Old Pulteney 12, not as good as it use to be....disappointed...(

  • 4
    11 July 2018

    Best buy in my area! Cheaper than Glenmo 10, more character than Speyburn, 'livet and 'fiddich. 43% in the US, should be 46%! I would absolutely give 5 stars if it wasn't chill filtered and didn't have added colorant. Among the flagship 10-12 year old malts - those ubiquitous and not too expensive ones at every bar - this and Glenmorangie 10 have the most character to me. OP12 tastes older than its age and has nice complexity. FWIW I initially hated it - tried it in the same session after Highland Park 12 - a no-no! Since then I've bought a few more bottles, given it as gift (which was very much enjoyed). I am not into "bottle A is better than bottle B" - I do like some better, but I keep most of them in my cabinet and pick one depending on the mood. And I base my orders firmly on price - when the price is right I buy OP12, Glenlivet, Speyburn, Glenmorangie. If the price is higher on these, I'll rather pay a bit more and explore some of the craft-presentation offerings or older expressions.

  • 5
    11 July 2018

    Excellent whisky. But needs time. Add half teaspoon of water and allow to stand for 15 mins . Enjoy a true whisky moment.

  • 5
    19 April 2018

    Lovely Highland dram. Full bodied syrupy mouth feel, zesty brine with a great sherried finish

  • 5
    13 April 2018

    Great! One of my favourite whiskey... add some drop of H2O in and enjoy.

  • 5
    5 April 2018

    Excellent whisky but you need to give it time. Add a tiny drop of water and leave for 15 mins. This opens up the whisky.

  • 4
    8 March 2018

    For the price, a great dram. I have the world's worst palate, but I enjoy the creamy , waxy tropical fruit notes. I'm more of a peat fan, but this is a nice daily driver.

  • 5
    23 February 2018

    My wife's people are from Caithness, we tried Old Pulteney because of the proximity of the distillery, and discovered a perfect whiskey, for us. Mellow, smooth, lightly sweet, you can taste honey and grain.

  • 5
    2 February 2018

    Absolutely wonderful at such a low price.

  • 5
    17 January 2018

    Usually a Bourbon drinker mixed with the occasional Auchentoshan (and a whole lot of sips of others as my brother continues his never ending pursuit to convince me of Scotlands superiority in whisky). At 53 bought my first bottle of Old Pulteney after watching Ralfy on Youtube. After finding a proper glass for the occasion, I swirled around a bit and put my nose to the glass; Verdict was easy and immediate: Stunning on the nose and it kept on giving so it took a good while before I took a sip, but what a wonderful single malt it is all the way through! I had a really hard time finding anything at fault, so due to that I'll give it 5. Never have I tasted something so gentle, yet full flavoured and complex at such a decent price tag. Will most certainly buy again, and soon too. It could easily become one of my favourites, but to be honest, I think it's already there.

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