Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

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The Navigator is an ageless special edition whisky that was was designed to celebrate Old Pulteney’s maritime heritage. The Navigator is made using ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks which are then selected by the master distiller.

On the nose: It opens up with a fresh aroma of crisp and succulent green apple. This is complemented by notes of vanilla and rich milk chocolate. In the very background there appears to be the faintest trace of citrus

On the palate: it feels fresh and vibrant because of the strong top notes of lemon zest and sugared orange ride. In the background are subtle hints of vanilla and warm honey.

It finishes quickly with a salty sea brine (in a good way) and more zesty citrus notes that helps to dry the mouth out it and keep you from being overwhelmed with the sweetness.

Overall it’s a solid Scotch and one that you should check out.

Retails for around $45 for 750ml
Review sample provided by representatives of Old Pulteney

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I came across the Solera Cocktail on the Imbibe website. It was created by Dominic Venegas.
This cocktail makes an excellent use of sherry.

Solera
2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Ron Zacapa)
1 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula
.75 oz Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
2 dashes of Regans’ orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oils of an orange twist over the drink and drop in.

Notes:
The original drink calls for Santa Teresa 1796 rum. Unfortunately, I did not have any in my liquor cabinet, so I substituted it with Ron Zacapa 23. If you don’t have these particular rums, try and substitute another aged rum. If you don’t have the sherry, substitute with another sherry. The final taste profile of the drink will be different but you should get a glimpse at this drinks greatness.
There is orange on the nose due to the expressed oils floating on the surface of the drink. The richness of the rum and sherry are balanced out by the spiciness of the falernum and the bite of the bitters. The drink is a symphony of flavors that delights the palate and soothes the soul. A wonderful after dinner sipper.