Old Pulteney 15 Years Gordon & MacPhail 2004 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Old Pulteney 15 Years Gordon & MacPhail 2004

  • Distiller:

    Old Pulteney

  • Bottler:

    Gordon MacPhail

  • ABV:

    63.3%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    Distilled by Old Pulteney in 2004 and bottled by Gordon MacPhail in 2020, this release from the Island distillery has been matured entirely in a refill sherry butt, yielding 507 bottled. It's bottled at 63.3% ABV and bears a 15yr age statement. I'm a big fan of Old Pulteney who often laments the difficulty that comes with trying to track down unique expressions. As a result, this bottling was a no brainer to snag. Let's dig in.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and inviting on the nose: tons of caramel, honey, butterscotch, light red fruits and fig. It's a creamy dessert through and through.

  • Taste:

    On the palate it's rich, a touch spirit forward but not surprising given the impressively high ABV. Cocoa, praline, honey and buttery toffee, a touch of nutty raisin bread, fig and candied ginger. A touch bitter on the back palate, packed with cask influence and malty backbone all throughout.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. This is where the ABV kicks most - present but not punishing. Like a warm snickers bar and a touch of sherry got together to party, it's light on oak, big on sweets and has a nice touch of red vines, ginger and nutty sherry to keep things interesting.

  • Overall:

    Overall, quite enjoyable. It's unique, fun, delicious and great to see more Puleney making its way out into the world, no matter the means. Lovely and lovable, it's a delicious dessert dram that's miles outside of Pulteney's house profile.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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