Yay! Community review time! I was quite excited to try out the Old Pulteney 12, as enough reviews have pass me by without the bottle being available. Good news everyone! My local bar had a bottle!
Nose: Salt air, Mr. Clean lemon, sweet floral, basil, Saki, thyme, eucalyptus
Okay, there is a harsh artificial lemon at first that just erupts from this dram. It eventually relaxes into a salty, floral, vegetal smell, which is nice, though that ugly fake lemon smell sticks around like a mouse covered in Old Dutch.
Taste: Lemon, thyme, celery root, potato, banana, coffee, pepper
Fascinating taste on this one. It’s mostly lemon, though there’s more of that vegetal/earthy mix and some sweetness. Somewhat dry.
Finish: Sour cream, vitamin C caplets, mushrooms, rapini, cocoa, cilantro.
Can I take back all my jokes about bitterness on Glenfiddich 12? Because this finish is roughly bitter. It’s really killing this for me. It calms after a bit, though it’s always there. At least it’s short.
Conclusion: Well… this isn’t really for me. It’s bitter, it’s dry, and it needs a bit more sweetness on the finish. The bitterness is an earthy, vegetal bitterness, which is somewhat rough. The flavour is nice, and I may have to revisit this in the future. I wouldn’t turn it down, though I don’t think I’ll be searching out a bottle of this in the future.
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