Previous Pulteney has launched a brand new vary of whiskies referred to as the Coastal Sequence, which is probably redundant on account of all of Previous Pulteney’s whiskies are coastally born — however I promise there’s some logic right here. The Coastal Sequence will comprise 4 completely different whiskies with completely different finishes, every from areas that are additionally coastal in nature. The plan is for every of the 4 releases to be dropped on an annual cadence.
First out of the gate is Previous Pulteney Pineau de Charentes, which begins out with non-age-statement, bourbon-barrel-aged Previous Pulteney that’s then completed in Pineau des Charentes casks, which is in fact made in France’s (nearly) seaside Charente area.
Let’s dig in to the primary launch from this new sequence.
Previous Pulteney can usually current itself as a heavy expertise — it actually does style just like the barrels have been saved in a storm-battered coastal warehouse for years — and it may possibly usually really feel like it could profit from some tempering parts. It positively works right here, with the sweetness of the Pineau taking part in an efficient foil to the hearty, toasty core of the Highland whisky. Calmly smoky and salty notes on the nostril are tempered by hints of honey and a delicate floral be aware, a twig of potpourri that’s nodding at saffron.
The palate is objectively sweeter and extra fruity, with citrus, apple, and baking spice notes transferring towards coconut and extra honey notes. The impact creates one thing much like a extra rustic Speyside whisky, effusive with fruit and light-weight touches of sweetened breakfast cereal, more and more exhibiting off layers of fragrance because it develops within the glass. The end is cohesive and candy, however surprisingly clear, layers of nutty nougat and spice informing the fade-out.
This can be a enjoyable — and surprisingly inexpensive — expression from Previous Pulteney. It’s already whet my whistle for what comes subsequent on this sequence.