Old Pulteney's 17 year old was launched in 2004. It is a matured in both ex-bourbon casks and Spanish sherry casks (both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez).
Nose: Sweet and pronounced. Instant sherry, leather and raisans. Bananas, red berry compote and a big hit of chocolate.
Taste: Sweet, rich and oily all lead to a full mouthfeel with favours of deep sherry and polished oak. Dried berries and very well balanced vanillins interplay with the typical OP bite of salty tang. Lots going on here.
Finish: Medium length favouring some slightly less sweet sherry notes and wood spicing. Salt-tinged and woody to wrap up proceedings.
Excellent balance. Rich and sherried (more than the cask bill would lead you believe), the initial sweetness might fool you into wondering how this dram can possibly sustain your attention throughout the experience, but the journey is much more interesting and complicated than the sweet nose initially suggests. With the Old Pulteney DNA still proudly on display this dram is well suited to matching with a dessert course over a meal.