.old pulteney - new make spirit


During one of our journeys through Scotland, we finally visited the funny stills at the Pulteney distillery. We managed to confiscate some of the new make spirit, in order to make a note and extend our growing collection of home made spirit minis.

63.5% abv, €not for sale
single malt spirit, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, marzipan, fruity, pears, dried fruit, raisins, nuts, almonds, cabbage, furniture polish, citrus, orange peel, copper shavings
Palate: sweet, marzipan, spipcy, white pepper, creamy, nuts, almonds, citrus, orange peel
Finish: long, warm, meaty (think; poultry), a hint of sulphur, sweet, nutty, marzipan and a touch of almonds
Mark: +++++ 

Conclusion: as far as we have tasted new makes, this one makes for a funky one. The special shapes of the stills and the long (over 100 meter each), copper pipes creating the worms for the tubs, definitely add to her meaty flavour, and take care of some, but not all of the sulphur tones. The almost clear wort adds to the hints of nuttiness, but once more, only hints...

She is full of subtle character traits, making her an acquired taste to some, and a definite no-brainer to others - which can tip both ways.

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