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Old Pulteney 21 y.o. – 2012 whisky of the year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible


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Received this press-release that I thought was worth sharing with you. I’ve yet to try the 21 year old expression (I suspect it might be hard to come by these days though), but I found the 12 y.o. very interesting.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old scored a record-equalling 97.5/100 points and secured the World Whisky of the Year title in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012, the 9th edition of the world famous annual whisky guide. This is the biggest accolade the Northern Highland distillery has received since it was established in 1826 in Wick. Whisky Bible is considered to be the single most important publication on the subject of whisky. Pulteney is only the second Scottish distillery to secure the title in the history of the award.

Explaining his decision Jim Murray said: “I was on the home straight after four months of continuous tasting. By that time I was pretty sure I knew what the winner was going to be. With what I still had to taste it needed something exceptional to knock the leader off its perch. But that’s exactly what happened. To be honest, I was amazed. I knew the Old Pulteney 17-year-old was likely to be exceptional, and it was. However, I had never come across a Pulteney 21-year-old like it. Talk about coming out of leftfield…”.

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My name is Martin and I live in Scotland. I love fine things in life, such as gourmet food, travelling around the world and, last but not least, whisky (naturally, I’m partial to a tipple of whiskey or bourbon as well). I have tasted hundreds of whiskies during the recent years and I finally decided to share my experience.

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