Country: Scotland
Region: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46%
Score: 86 points

Old Pulteney Navigator. Image courtesy Old Pulteney. This whisky was released to mark Old Pulteney’s participation as a sponsor in the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and carries no age statement.

The nose has notes of green apples, dried banana chips, coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of smoke. The taste is thick, rich, and fruity with orange peel, green apples, black tea with honey, hints of dark chocolate and a touch of clove that adds balance. The palate is slightly hot, but a few drops of water will calm it down nicely. The finish is long and spicy with clove and hints of briny wet sand that come out as the spice fades. (February, 2014)