Two single malts from Park Avenue LiquorMarch 14th, 2009
Old Pulteney (Cask #4931), 1990 Vintage, 57.8%, $121
Fresh, briny, and very appetizing. Mouth-coating vanilla, lightly toasted marshmallow and a kiss of honey add a soothing balance, while pineapple, nectarine, gentle spice and subtle seaweed offer intrigue. Old Pulteney has great potential if only given the opportunity. Bottling at cask strength and not chill-filtered really brings out more of the whisky’s subtle complexities. I welcome more single cask, cask-strength Pulteneys in the future.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86
Glenfarclas, (Cask #128), 1981 Vintage, 27 year old, 53.4%, $200
When I toured Glenfarclas in May 2008, George Grant told me that, while it is usually not their policy to stray from aging their whisky in sherry and bourbon oak casks, they have done some experimenting. One of these experiments, aged entirely in a port cask, has finally been bottled. The nice thing about Glenfarclas is that it is a rich spirit and can stand up to a good dose of port wine (or sherry for that matter). The port notes are lush, with ripe fruit (plum, red grape skin, caramelized apricot, prune) and dates compliment the whisky’s malty, maple syrup foundation. The 27 years also imparts a good dose of polished oak for balance. Not as complex as other Glenfarclas whiskies of this age, but this is certainly a solid, enjoyable change of pace for Glenfarclas.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85