20 Aug 2013

Lighthouse Series: Old Pulteney Duncansby Head

Duncansby Head, courtesy of foxypar4

Following on from the Old Pulteney Noss Head we've got the second in the travel retail series, but this time moving up a few pounds and introducing some sherry casks.

Duncansby Head (RRP £45)

Once more the dram is 46%, un-chillfiltered and with no added colouring. Slightly more colour than the Noss Head and that probably means a sherry influence. I'm told the 

Nose:- Right away there is that sherry effect. Mixed fruits, raspberries, a kind of salty fizz, caramel and a waft of honey

Nose quickly settles down and softens with creamy vanilla and citrus notes

Taste:- Oaky spice, some fruits I can't quite pick out, but a drop of water really helps them come out.
Honey, sweet vanilla and increasingly bitter as the whisky goes down.

Finish:- That bitterness holds throughout and recedes nicely to leave a warm sweetness on the palate.

A very pleasant dram, personally I prefer the sweet simplicity of the Noss Head. I'm not sure if this whisky feels as whole, but looking forward to moving onto to the full on sherry Pentland Skerries next where we should see the full effect of the sherry on the whisky.
Thanks again to Alembic Comms who organised the tweet tasting. Find what others thought of the Lighthouse series by looking up #OldPulteney on twitter

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