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Lovely malt with a hint of sea air! It really does taste of sea air. Wonderful dram.
on 3 February 2017
Bought as a present for Pops, I thought he'd enjoy the hint of saltiness and the honeyed tones. And indeed he does! Also bought one for myself! The nose and taste are unusual. I'm used to my favourite Speyside malts and this is nothing like those. It really does seem to have notes of the ocean, or beach. Slightly seaweedy but not at all overpowering. I find it really pleasant. A very fresh taste, my goodness finding a way of describing this whisky is very difficult. There really is no fruit at all, quite sulphurous but not in a bad way, the sort of sharpness that you get on a beach in winter...that sort of sharp tang, what was once (and erroneously) called ozone, but is actually Dimethyl Sulfide and related compounds formed from decaying algae....otherwise known as the smell of the sea! It is quite extraordinary. I absolutely love it. I really want to go to this distillery and see for myself this incredible place....the most northerly distillery in the British Isles where the spirit rests in barrels absorbing the moisture from the sea air. Incredible. As an aside...the outer packaging for this whisky is terrible, the bottle if wonderful (inspired by the stills that had to be cut down to get them into the distillery) and makes a lovely glugging sound as you pour the liquor, but the box it comes in is a hideous plastic looking tube with a light tinny lid...it really is awful and totally doesn't do the whisky justice. If any of the Old Pultney team get to read this, please take a look at a'cnoc packaging as a blueprint for elevating your product by wrapping it in wonderful tactile classy containers.