experiment with NAS.
Old Pulteney 12 year old version accompanied me during the weekend at the Kania Lodge. This time I got in my hands Old Pulteney WK209 Good Hope. With this product distillery fitted into the recently popular trend of releasing single malts without specifying age (NAS-no age statement). Among other manufacturers worth mentioning is Macallan with Ruby, Amber and Siena, Coal Ila Moch, Finlaggan or Aberlur A’Bunadh. Due to the growing market demand for whisky and melting older distilates, we will probably be faced with such versions more often. Not a bad effect, if distillieries will provide and maintain high quality products with natural presentation.
Old Pulteney WK209 Good Hope was named after a fishing boat from the town of Wick (family town of Old Pulteney). The boat was the first to have installed the echo probe, designed to support catch of herring.
To compensate consumers young age of whisky, Old Pulteney was presented as natural color, unchillfiltered and 46% ABV. The color is quite dark, so at first glance I thought they added a lot of caramel here, but it turned out that I was wrong.
C: black tea,
N: sweet, vanilla, then nuts and toffee, ripe pineapple and also something citrus, lemon,
T: begins with a nice sparking, then ginger and lemon appears, mango, pear and sweetness,
F: medium long, sweet with vanilla.
In the case of Old Pulteney WK209 Good Hope I haven’t met the sea tones, salt, seaweed, which can be found in older releases from the distillery. Adding a small amount of water released citrus that pleasantly intensified. In this case, the experiment with the NAS is quite positive.