I’m always a little hesitant of getting a bottle of whisky that I don’t know much about it. I’ll have to depend on instincts and hope they won’t turn out too bad. Sometimes they do surprise me with their even notes.
I stared at the bottle for a really long time. The tasting notes read right and plenty of Googling help craft an idea of how it might taste like. I decided to give this bottle of Old Pulteney 17 y.o a chance. There were a couple of us at the table. A couple of pours should finish the bottle in no time. If it was really bad, sparkling water might save it somewhat. Upon the nose, there was strong indication that this bottle was not as bad as I expected. At the first sip, I was glad I took the leap of faith.
In spite of it being an uncomplicated whisky, it possesses a rich enough flavor for me not to tire of it after 2 drams. It’s surprisingly easy on the palette with a buttery finish. The vanilla notes come out rather strongly. Quite a good all-rounder for an easy evening.