Some people put distilleries into categories. Highland/Island/Lowland are the most obvious examples, but some use sub-regional groups too like West Coast Highland and East Coast Highland.
It used to make sense because often these distilleries produced similar whiskies (like Islay). But these days, with many distilleries producing unpeated and various peating levels from the same distillery, the lines are shifting and things aren’t as clear cut as they used to be.
Despite that I feel that there are a few distilleries that produce similar styles to each other and it still makes sense to group. Like the South Islay Kildalton distilleries (Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin).
Two I probably wouldn’t have thought to put together were Clynelish and Old Pulteney. But apparently, that was a mistake, as this one shows:
Old Pulteney 2005 G&M 43%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Light, tropical, mango, pineapple, sea salt, waxy like a Clynelish, so candle wax.
Taste: Soft, quite acidic red apple, orange, waxy and almost sooty. Reminds me much more of a Clynelish than OP. Quite intense for the abv too.
Finish: Short length. Very soft with wax, banana, soot and oak.
An interesting and slightly different OP than the 12 year old official. If you’re looking for your Clynelish fix without breaking the bank though, here’s your whisky.
Thanks for reading!
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