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.

93 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    5 days ago

    Love it, want sure if I would like the salty side but I do. I got the citrus and brine, slight smoke... No banana. I would recommend this all day!

  • 4
    15 October

    A stalwart. I had seen OP around but never tried it until I visited the distillery, which incidentally has a very good visitor centre. A very good beginner whisky and a firm favourite of mine. The slightly salty flavour comes towards the end and the whisky is very smooth. Certainly light and floral and a hint of honey. Very glad I found the distillery in Wick and look forward to trying the older whiskies.

  • 1
    9 October

    After reading the reviews I was left very disappointed as this was bought as a present for me and it's what I asked for. For me this is the worst malt I have tasted. I got no hint of citrus fruits it left a bitter taste in my mouth and felt very heavy. I would not recommend this malt to anyone

  • 5
    10 September

    A Bourbon drinker but this Scotch was do smooth and good tasting I may have to switch to this. Bought at the Distillery, hope I can find another in the USA!

  • 5
    21 August

    Recommended this whisky by the friendly staff at Whisky Exchange Shop in London. Will definitely be buying again

  • 5
    1 July

    My daughter brought this home as a present for me from Scotland. I love her even more now!

  • 4
    15 June

    I find it very difficult to seriously fault anything that Old Pulteney produce. The 12 yr old is one of my all time favourite affordable whiskies. Huge character beyond its tender years with lots of tropical fruit and a nostalgic hint of seaside air. The 17 and 21 year olds are sublime too!

  • 5
    30 May

    this is such a treat that it brought me back to single malts.

  • 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.

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