SMWS 52.41 Seahorse ramen

Posted 05 August 2021 by Matt / In Old Pulteney
The Dramble reviews SMWS 52.41 Seahorse ramen

Bottle Name: 52.41 Seahorse ramen

ABV: 59.6%
Distillery: Old Pulteney
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Oily & coastal
Region: Highlands Age: 7

I’ve rarely seen Pulteney offered up at less than 8 year of age – an indeed, most IBs tend to fall into the 10+ realm. So, this should be an interesting experience. Matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel and clocking in at 59.6% ABV.

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Nose: Ingredients forward. Porridge, oatmeal and rice pudding with hillside flowers, granite cliff faces. Cream custard, heather honey and seashells join a selection of yeasty buns. Dilution brings forward the coastalness further with chiselled rock faces, chalk and sandy beaches.

Taste: Similar story. Doughs, pastries and cereals lead, whilst steely minerality and seawater develop into golden syrup, butter biscuit (base), graham crackers and apple preserved with lemon juice. A greasy texture runs throughout – axle lubricant. Water reveals salinity alongside industrial copper piping and a bowl of warmed Ready Brek.

Finish: Medium and quite cereal – tempered by sustained steeliness.

This Pulteney is still very much on its journey and whilst it offers and enjoyable dip into the inherent character of its make, I can’t help but think that it’s been disgorged just a bit too soon. Pleasant, but primordial. 

Score: 82/100

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