Old Pulteney Duncansby Head
Old Pulteney Duncansby Head, NAS, 46 %
In 2013 Old Pulteney released their Lighthouse Series, aimed at the Travle Retail market. I have previously reviewed the Old Pulteney Pentland Skerries from the same series.
So this is the Old Pulteney Duncansby Head. It takes its name from the Duncansby Head lighthouse near John O’Groats at the very northern tip of Scotland,
This whisky has been matured in both American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. There is no age statement.
You can purchase the Old Pulteney Duncansby Head online from the UK at around GBP 50. It is not available to buy in the monopoly stores in Norway or Sweden.
Nose (21/25): Rich, sweet and malty. Vanilla, citrus (mainly oranges), mustard seeds, oak and a hint of salt. It feels a bit young-ish on the nose.
Taste (20/25): Smooth mouthfeel. Spicy! Also a lot of vanilla, caramel, honey and wet planks. Hints of fruits, possibly apples. The sherry influence is very weak, I would say.
Finish (20/25): Quite oaky - wet, polished wood. Sugary (powdered sugar) and a bit fruity. Medium to short finish.
Balance (20/25): An OK dram, by all means, but it feels like there is something missing.
Sláinte! - Thomas