Old Pulteney 12 year old, 40%

Price: $35 Issue: Fall 2011 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery, located in the historic port of Wick, is owned by Inver House. The ‘entry level' 12 year old expression is widely available. The nose presents pleasingly fresh malt and floral notes, with a touch of pine. The palate offers a fuller bodied, sweeter whisky than the nose might lead one to expect, with more malt, spices, fresh fruit, and a suggestion of salt. The finish is medium in length, drying, and decidedly nutty.