Yesterday a group of lucky Sydney bartenders clambered aboard the Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky clipper and went for a spin outside Sydney harbour.The clipper is in Sydney, preparing for the Sydney to Hobart race and is on its way around the world as part of the Clipper Race, which sees them travel 40,000 miles over the better part of 10 months.
After the group returned to port they met at The Keystone Group’s new restaurant, Rushcutters for a tasting of four expressions of Old Pulteney: the 12 year old, 17 year old, 21 year old and the 30 year old.
The lineup showed a family resemblance in some notes (there was an apple flavour that featured in each expression) but ultimately each whisky had its own distinctive profile.
The 12 year old offered a hint of the sea on the nose, and on the palate was medium bodied, rich and dry. The 17 year old is matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, with some oloroso sherry matured spirit added for complexity. The 21 year old has won Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year, and consists of spirit aged in ex-bourbon casks and ex-fino sherry casks. The 30 year old was an interesting and complex dram: light in colour, there were notes of marzipan, nuts and pears on the nose and a honeyed, citrusy palate with a long finish.
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