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.

115 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    16 October

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 3
    20 July

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

  • 3
    14 July

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

  • 4
    11 July

    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

    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

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

  • 5
    13 April

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

  • 5
    5 April

    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

    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

    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

    Absolutely wonderful at such a low price.

  • 5
    17 January

    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.

  • 5
    22 December 2017

    My first taste was salmon fishing on the River Thurso, which is 15 miles from the distillery, so I was in the right mode... This is a very smooth a light whiskey and for the money the 12 year old is one of the finest malts I have tasted. Also aught a salmon on the fly that morning so a lunch time dram will always taste good.

  • 5
    21 December 2017

    One of my favourites.. I think it's quite creamy, floral, slightly sweet, fruity - citrus and banana, sea air, very light smoke and spice

  • 4
    9 December 2017

    Really nice single malt. Sweet fruit and citrus on the nose as well as a slightly salty brine but not getting any smoke here. On the palate citrus, slightly salty with a spice oak finish, very nice 12 year old that is widely available, recommend.

  • 4
    4 December 2017

    I usually agree with the whisky exchange tasting notes breakdown but for me I get a salted caramel-vanilla cream well rounded sweetness with an after-bite of mellow oak which adds some bitterness which is welcomed by that point. It reminded me of some high-end bourbons I had while in Manhattan last April. Jefferson's Ocean aged bourbon and Blanton's come to mind, only better, with its own unique stamp of lingering spice I cant put my finger on. I just don't get much of any smoke, not that I was looking for it, but given the flavour breakdown from the Exchange, I was hoping for it to be there for me. Nonetheless, well worth my money and the value for this malt makes me very happy. A bargain quality single malt.

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