This is a new expression to be released to the Duty Free market (in 1 liter bottles) in about two months time. It is replacing the very successful WK499 ‘Isabella Fortuna’.
Bottled at 46%, Unchill-filtered, natural colour, the spirit has been matured entirely in European sherry casks. Limited to about 9000 bottles, only. It’s name is after a steam Herring Drifter WK209 ‘Good Hope’ built in Wick in 1948, first boat in Wick to use echo sounder.
I tasted this one at an online tasting event this evening, with a bunch of other whisky bloggers/twitter users.
The image is only a mock, mind you, this bottled has yet to hit the shelves, and the color of the spirit may vary from the picture.
Look for it next time you fly….
Old Pulteney WK209 ‘Good Hope’ , 46% ABV , NAS , Travel Retail only (not available yet)
Nose: Wow. Meaty stuff, a bouillon, and quite a few dried fruits, also some note of rubber (rubber balloons!) . A very Masculine nose for sure. Heavy and sweet. One could not have chosen a better dram for today. as it’s The Jewish “Tu Bishvat” the “New year of the trees” , in which it’s customary to eat dried fruit. So much dried fruit here.
Palate: Thick, Sweet, Dried fruit compote. Dates, Prunes, Big Time! Coffee also, a drier version of “Kahlua” coffee liquor, Toffee, and then a bit of salty undercurrent. Lovely.
Finish: Sweet, on those dried fruits, and coffee.
This is a thick sherried expression, ideal for sipping in a cold wintery night, or around a camp fire. The nose is sweet, and quite beefy, Some people will find it too masculine, but i actually liked it. The palate is wonderfully rich and thick, and if you enjoy coffee and dried fruits, you will beg for more. All in all, a very interesting, and not very “Old Pulteney” style dram. If you fly sometime in the near future, i can definitely see myself picking a bottle of this for “later use” … It was a Grand evening. Watch this space for further tasting notes of the other two drams we tasted : the 12 and 17 year old expressions.
Score : 85/100
Many thanks to Lucas from Allembic Comms for arranging the tasting event, and supplying the samples.