Ep 178: Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review and Tasting with Old Pulteney 21 Comparison

Today we do a review and tasting of Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and make a comparison to Old Pulteney 21.

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Joart DZ says:

Whiskey and bourbon first!!!!!!

Eric Clay says:

I love these videos, i have watched half of all the videos in the past four days. I love learning about so many variations of whisky, and i would love to see a review of something totally different. Kyro distillery from Finland just this year released their first whisky, Juuro. It seems Finland is very new to producing Whisky, so i would like to see how it is. The only other Finnish Whisky i could find is Teerenpeli whisky at about 2-3 times the price of the Juuro, but they are not 100% rye.

Transforming Spirit says:

Hi guys very interested to hear you two’s review on the Aberlour 12 year old doucle cast 🙂

Triplecap says:

I’m not a stickler for pronunciation but geez Pul-tay-nee hurts my ears. Love the 17 (multiple bottles), and finally got the 21 two months ago.  Haven’t opened it.  Charley, that’s a beautiful bottle to give to people who can’t pronounce it.  LOL Congrats on 10K subscribers that’s cray-ay-zee.

Ian Harris says:

So if the Hurricane did break the windows, which whiskey would you grab first to save?

Mista_Lava says:

It is pronounced PULT-NEE, not PULT-ANY by the Scots.  Get it right, you pretentious, stumpy little dwarf.

How old is the bottle you tasted?  The 12 was a great whiskey and priced right.  It received a lot of media hype after receiving accolades by industry know-it-alls, and demand increased, (along with prices) resulting in very inconsistent batch to batch product.  The last bottle I had lacked the brininess and seaside character of earlier bottlings.

Cameron Mount says:

You guys made it through the storm alright then? I know you’re farther inland, but the images from Houston are awful.

PwnageEngage says:

Beard sparkles @ 4:15

Rockdoc St Augustine says:

While watching this I was sipping on some Glenmorangie Lasanta. I just toasted,to your health, to my Pitbull, Maggie. I think I’ve drank too much.

Wes Smith says:

Daniel, I got see a couple of Aerosmith concerts while I was on active duty, free tickets through MWR, what venue did you open for Aerosmith? I might have seen you perform and didn’t know it! Great videos keep up the good work!!

David Van Dusen says:

Just this week I found out that there’s a smoked version of monkey shoulder. I can’t find it around me (yet). Hopefully you guys can get it or someone willing to send one in. Im curious if it’s a good intro to smoky whisky just as regular monkey shoulder is a good beginner whisky

Cameron Mount says:

Also, I know it’s probably heretical, but I like the three part toast better. The last one ruins the flow.

Jon-Michael Roxby says:

@ 3:26 a new magical forced was seen. Rex’s hair. Also congrats on 10k really cool to be here for it!

Gregg Postage says:

Can you put the Writers Tears back with the scotch…it was my visual anchor and I feel adrift at sea without it…

Pew Heretic says:

You only reached 10K because of the Chad. Beard Sparkles FTW! (or is using FTW out now?)

Raymond Ramos says:

I know he is not mentioned in this episode but super impressed that you guys know who Tom Waits is.

Baer on 2 wheels says:

Did I hear that you’re 32years old

Jorge Ripoli says:

After the top 10 video finally got 10k suscriptions, set time and date for the live one guys!!!

Duncan Gasiewicz says:

Im now going to blame you guys for the cost increase in one of my favorite whiskys. Old Pulteney is one of my favorite cheap go to’s! I believe you are pronouncing it a little off as well.

Jason Fisk says:

Watching this whilst listening to Physical Graffiti (if you don’t know who by then you’re dead to me), drinking an Italian beer. Before I make myself a steak (medium rare) dinner.

I don’t like people dissing the Mooch (3:37). Dude, wear a dressing gown, drink a whisky and say, “The Mooch abides.” – The Big Rexbowski.

And now my toast is being used at weddings… How growith my Ego!

10k!!!!! CONGRATS guys… and Chad

D Oliver says:

Daniel, is the inventory updated on the website? Trying to see what I want to send in as a contribution.

l r says:


I hope you don’t mind me posting this… Daniel singing and playing guitar

Marco Hosfeld says:

what do you say instead of “magnificent bastard” when a lady donates a whiskey or are they still a “magnificent bastard”?

wideone23 says:

I’m glad you put our minds at ease with the emergency plans for the whiskey. Priorities. Although I suspect being up on the 7th or whatever floor affords some protection.

Shane Mendiola says:

Need it

Sir Lampsalot says:

If you guys get a chance to try the Johnnie Walker Explorer’s club: the spice road it might be worth it. Haven’t had it in forever, and I don’t know how hard it is to find. Keep up the great content, dudes!

Greg Hicks says:

A little bit more on the history of this distillery, my mother’s maiden name is Henderson and this distillery was founded by my ancestors 🙂 #freescotchmaybe?. The Henderson’s group/clan just went on a trip over to Scotland this month and presented them with a Henderson plaque assuming for their fine service for making fantastic Whisky! Anyway, Daniel, just thought you being more of a history buff might enjoy this info where as Rex…. Well lets be honest, he’s a mooch and could care less ;). Keep up the fine work gentlemen!

greataxe3 says:

Hey guys, congrats on 10k subscribers. I hope you are weathering the storm well. Now that I have the pleasantries out of the way, I need to speak to Rex. I’m bringing it. I’m bringing it all the way down to Texas, and baring any unforeseen problems, to the sommelier class. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Levi Scott says:

Rex my fine feathered young friend you must lead quite a rough life to look the way you do at 23.

Christian Daldy says:

Congratulations of 10k subscribers, you bastards

sman7290 says:

Lack of presentation, huh?

Santacruzn says:

The 12 yr old by me is 29 bucks and cant be beat for that price.Needless to say I stocked up big time, Good review guy’s

bassviathan45 says:

I had to make a toast at a wedding once, but I wasn’t asked till right after the ceremony. Naturally I had to BS my way through it. 2 things helped me greatly, one was that I was the 4th and final toast, father of the bride, father of the groom, sister of the bride, and then my dumbass. The other is that the grooms father picked up a bottle of macallan 12 to toast with. I don’t remember all I said, but there were people both laughing and crying by the end of it. It either went really well or extremely poorly. I tell myself it was a fantastic speech though…

onepunchhutch says:

Hoping you two, your family’s and friends have stayed safe while harvey spread its havoc and during the aftermath

Jimidrammer says:

Opened my newest bottle to play along. This is one I keep around for the unique profile and pricepoint. I get salty bubblegum and a late hint of smoke. The 17yo is good also but 3 times the price so…and the commenter may have been talking about your original toast: May your crazy stay this side of legal and may you return before we have time to miss you. I like that one better anyway.

WhiskyJason says:

CONGRATS!! 10000 subscribers!!

Anmoljit Virk says:

Hey rex wasn’t old pulteny an irish whiskey?

hrothgargames says:

So this one time when I opened for Aerosmith…. nonchalance continues.

Steven Hild says:

What I enjoy so much about your reviews is that it’s like drinking whiskey with your best friends. Unlike other whiskey review channels where it’s all about the nose, the taste, the finish which is fine because they’re very informative but to me not that much fun to watch. You two on the other hand make the experience so much more enjoyable, all the banter and shit talking make it feel like I’m sitting there with you guys enjoying a wonderful glass whiskey. Keep up the good work!

supersonic kid says:

You know I was perfectly fine being a beer drinker, but you bastards turned me into a whisk(e)y drinker. It’s a downward spiral to meth now. Cheers!

rbergum95 says:

I noticed today that Rex had some hair sparkle, but that may have just been dandruff glistening in the sun.

charlie.g.hague says:

I’m glad you guys liked it so much! This whiskey is near and dear to my heart and is the first scotch I ever fell in love with. My grandpa always had multiple bottles at the house and he turned me onto it years ago. Prob the only time I’ve ever agreed with Jim Murray’s Whiskey of the Year too. It really is amazing and very complex once you get into it. The 17yo is also damn good.

There’s actually a cool story my grandpa used to tell about a family member of ours who used to work at the distillery in the late 1800s. He was a sailor on a boat that delivered barley and the distillery always sent them off with a barrel of some their best stuff when they left. He became such a fan that one day he got off the boat and never got back on. As Daniel said, it’s the most northern distillery on the mainland and pretty remote, especially back then. So, he stayed in the area, ended up getting a job at Old Pulteney and worked there for close to 30 years until he died. Now that’s a man who loved his whisky!

Thomas Soesbee says:

Excellent review fellas!

Jon Stothfang says:

So I don’t want to jinx anything, or make light of a tragedy, but GOD FORBID you had to evacuate the Whiskey Vault, and could only rescue what you could carry in your hands and arms. WHICH BOTTLES DO YOU SAVE??
also, if anyone wanted to answer from their own collections, that’s allowed too.
for the sake of this thought experiment, grant that everything else is safe: all your pets and photo albums and hard drives (and I guess your kids too)… just what bottles from your liquor cabinet are you running out the door with?

greenley77 says:

10,000! Noice! Rex, Congrats on the hair sparkle cherry pop at 3:28 too!

Max Phillips says:

Old Pulteney is on my to acquire list. Last night I opened Ledaig 10yr. From Tobermory, the single distillery on the isle of Mull. Now this smokie. And very interesting! At $42 NY ( we spend for our sin )…..I believe I’ve found a nice everyday peat pour. I’ll take it Friday Night to my son’s birthday party, to be reviewed by the mooches…..( Joe! Your dad’s so cool…he brought scotch!! )

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