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.

106 Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 3
    3 December 2017

    I am one of the smaller number of people with reviews who doesn't quite agree with all the positive feedback here. I wouldn't say this is far from the one worst whisky's I have tasted but I found the scent very salty and so was the taste. it certainly isn't hard to drink and the color is good. but overall for me it is a bit to Salty.

  • 4
    30 November 2017

    Well a special gift my wife bought me this whisky. Well what a pleasant surprise. It has the slight bitter bite of a 12 year old with slight sherry flavours. To the smell add deciduous fruit and citrus with a slight aftertaste of the air off Skye. Delightful.

  • 4
    18 November 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

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

  • 5
    1 July 2017

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

  • 4
    15 June 2017

    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!

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