Pineapple pizza (or Pizza Hawaii as we like to call it in the Netherlands) is a delicate issue lately, but what if there’s a single malt who reminds you of that? Is that even allowed?
What we have here is a Single Cask (Old) Pulteney that has matured on a bourbon hogshead for 12 years, bottled by WM Cadenhead with an ABV of 55.1%. I bought a couple of Cadenhead’s samples and decided to buy a bottle of the one I liked most. The other contestants were Teaninich 10yo, Glen Old 11y and Glenrothes 15yo. I spent an evening comparing the four, but it wasn’t a hard decision, the Pulteney stood out the most:
Sweet, salty and tropical, slightly savoury: smoked pineapples and ham. Pineapple pizza, I’m sorry guys!
Soft, fresh, fruity and very supple. A hint of honey, pears and peaches. Very easy on the tongue, despite its ABV.
The finish is long, buttery, creamy and maritime and offers an arrange of flavours, starting with a canned fruit cocktail, almond shavings, marzipan, pear and butter. Fresh and sweet at the same time.
I haven’t tasted many official bottlings of Old Pulteney, the ones I tasted didn’t leave a big impression, so it was nice to add my first Pulteney to the collection!