Nose: Clean, with a gentle mustiness. Vanilla, cereal, white pepper, butter and floral notes. Some fruit, like coconut, pineapple, apples, pears, melons, and faint citrus.
Palate: Butter and salt, as you’d expect from Pulteney. White pepper, vanilla, ginger, coconut, pineapple, citrus, and that delicate floral note. Lilac?
Finish: Oak, Old Spice, ginger, fennel, pineapple, salt and pepper, butter, and of course wisps of something delicate and floral. Medium in length, but very nice.
Thoughts: I could drink Pulteney 17 all day. But I want this bottle to last. As I mentioned, I won’t be buying it again for a while. Why? Because the 12 year old is less than half the price. Of course it’s not quite as good. The 17 is more bodied, more mature, and offers up more spices and complex subtlety. But the price hike is unjustified, which is really too bad because this is wonderful.