Old Pulteney WK 499 Isabella Fortuna - 2nd Release
Old Pulteney WK 499 Isabella Fortuna - 2nd Release, NAS, 46 %
Here is a ravel retail expression from Highland distillery Pulteney. The Old Pulteney WK 499 Isabella Fortuna - 2nd Release is bottled at 46 % and not cask strength as the first release. A pity that.
Here is the official blurb about this whisky:
WK499 is named after the last remaining herring fishing boat – The Isabella Fortuna. All boats from Wick are identified by the letters ‘WK’. The WK499 was launched in 1890 and sailed around the north east coast for 86 years. She was acquired in 1977 by the Wick Society, where she remains to this day; the last drifter in Wick Harbour. Matured in American ex-bourbon casks.
You can buy the Old Pulteney WK 499 Isabella Fortuna - 2nd Release at around € 50.
Nose: Hmm...I'm thinking salty fruit drops. Not massively salty, min you, just sort of sprayed with sea water. The fruits that come to mind are apples, pears, lemon and pineapple. There is definitely vanilla here as well. A bit shy on the nose. A touch of alcohol and perfume - a bit young.
Taste: Thin mouthfeel. Salty and maritime. The fruits are not as clearly defined here. Sort of spicy, but it is all muddled.
Finish: Relatively short finish. Remains thin and almost watery throughout. A bit oaky towards the end, but still fruity.
Comments: I feel a bit disappointed really. It feels a bit undermatured and rushed. I wish it was better.
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas