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


  • 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.

85 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    17 March

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal Grace I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight I love thee freely, as men strive for Right I love thee purely, as they turn from praise

  • 4
    6 March

    Big fan of this little whisky, always keep a bottle for when I don't want to drink the more expensive stuff. For the price I don't think you can get a better dram. Easy-going but with a complexity that keeps you coming back.

  • 2
    5 March

    A little disappointed with this scotch.. considering how great the reviews are I was expecting something a little more bold.. this seemed a bit thin on the palate and a slight bitter after taste (lines is the best description I would say) a slight saltiness and citrus fruits but nothing fantastic..,it's probably the first single malt that I wouldn't buy again... but I'll certainly finish the bottle!

  • 4
    14 February

    Have seen mixed reviews...this is an easy going lovely little malt that requires a teaspoon of water to really open up the nose and ease the brine after taste,leaving a little coaster on top for a few minutes optional.In brief on the nose (fruit cake aroma's.)On the palate almond and citrus with slight hints of brine once 1-2 teaspoons of water have been added the flavour really opens up.Very easy to drink,not to complicated and always giving on the flavour.

  • 3
    18 January

    Salt,lemon,lime and smokey in my opinion not as good as the 21-year.I may come back at a later date to refresh my memory ;-)

  • 5
    13 January

    Had a glass or two on a trip to Scotland, liked it so much that I bought a bottle home. Best Whiskey I have ever tasted

  • 4
    31 December 2016

    lovely tipple I must say. This is the one you have if its going to be along night. kind to the palate. It will find space on my top shelf. Been a whisky drinker for 50 yrs so i think I know a good one, and this is very good.

  • 5
    14 December 2016

    Beginner nose here and I really like this one. Tried this after starting with a Speyburn 10 yr. The color is a beautiful amber. It's mild, not too intense, can get close without burning. I get a dominant fruitiness. Maybe a little honey. Cinnamon? I must be mad. Caught a smokiness too. More so after adding a few drops of water. And the fruit wasn't as dominant afterward, I guess what you'd expect. Others have said citrus - my novice palate didn't get that. However, after adding a little more water, up to about a full teaspoon now, I did get a sense of brine. Others have said banana which I missed and was then quite surprised...at the very end when I thought it was all over. It was there and gone in an instant, actually kind of exciting. Finishes quickly. Overall taste, mouthfeel... Velvety in the front for me with a strong bite on the sides of the tongue and a smoothness to the back.

  • 5
    30 November 2016

    Love this dram excellent for the price. Mostly drink islay whiskies currently but when I want change this is my go to. The fruit flavours are there but very hard to determine, for me its closer to pear than anything else.

  • 3
    18 November 2016

    Great price, value for money i must say! The noes shows lingering fruity(citrus) sweetness together with malt. No banana though. Medium, spicy, and fruity on the palate, but a hint of bunfire. Real good balance! - aftertaste is well balanced, no sharpness at all. The fruit stays for quiet a long time. ENJOY

  • 5
    21 October 2016

    I loved this scotch. So refreshing and goes well with a log fire burning next to you.

  • 4
    14 October 2016

    Wow a 750ml 86 proof single malt 12 yr scotch for under $40?! It seemed too good to be true until I tried it. Spicy, creamy, salty with a little citrous, smokey sweetness and some heat. I'm not tasting the banana but there is a subtle fruit flavor without being overly sweet. I want to add apricot for some reason. It needs a little water or ice to unlock the flavors for the palate to match the nose. The finish is a tad bitter but it doesn't linger and definitely doesn't resemble an immature scotch. It's reminiscent of seawater but I suppose that's its heritage. Either way, it's smooth with a little bite and a flavor that's somewhere between a drier Glenfiddich and fruitier Glenmorangie with more attitude than Red Breast. It's definitely a top choice in its price range with diminishing returns when spending $20 more for something on a higher shelf. This is a must try that could easily turn into a regular sipper. Just grab a bottle as it won't disappoint.

  • 5
    9 September 2016

    Do yourself a favor and spend an evening with this single malt, would i buy it again?..ohhh..yes..

  • 4
    4 September 2016

    Nice citrus, creamy, salty and a good finish. It's a buy and a great price.

  • 4
    1 September 2016

    Salty, creamy, sweet, medium finish and @ 63 CDN.....dam good dram.

  • 5
    4 July 2016

    The best way that I can describe the main flavour that develops in the mouth is of 'bubbly banana'. A very smooth and refreshing taste indeed.

  • 5
    26 May 2016

    Bananas, malt, honey and sea salt. Interesting aroma. The taste is even more interesting. I've been a whisky drinker for a long time and I have come to prefer those with a unique taste like this one. I just can't understand why it doesn't have more of a reputation. It's very hard to find in the USA and I live I in New York City. I highly recommend this

  • 5
    23 March 2016

    Wether you're a new whisky drinker or an experienced malt maniac, this is a great whisky. And for the price, it's real value for money; amazing price! Enjoy!

  • 5
    17 March 2016

    One of the best Single malts around in the price area! Smooth and rich tasting - pleasure to sip !

  • 4
    20 February 2016

    Appreciative of the crafting that goes into this fine scotch. I find it great on the whole, maybe a little underwhelming on the palate compared to the nose and finish but still a great drinking experience.

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