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Old Pulteney Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Fresh and malty, citrus fruit and a gentle sea breeze.
Palate: Light to medium bodied. Malty freshness with spice and fruit and delicate smoke.
Finish: Smooth and salty.
Founded in 1826 by James Henderson.
Location Highlands region Northern district Town of Wick
Water source The Loch of Hempriggs
Old Pulteney Distilling Equipment
Cast Iron mash tun
6 stainless steel washbacks
1 wash still called the “smugglers Kettle “ plus 1 spirit still.
Traditional worm tub condensers
Matured in American oak bourbon casks and ex-sherry butts in warehousing on site.
Old Pulteney Distillery History
Established 1826 in the town of Wick by James Henderson. The Pulteney Distilled is the most northerly distillery on mainland and at that time was only accessible by sea. The barley was brought in and the Whisky shipped out by boat.
Because of the maritime connection many of the distillers were also employed as fishermen. Sadly the herring fishing industry is no longer part of daily life
The distillery continues to operate using the same traditional distilling methods first introduced in the 1800’s to create one of the finest Highland Malts available.
In 1920 the distillery was sold to James Watson & Co Ltd of Dundee. Whom did John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd subsequently acquire in 1923.Two years later the distillery is taken over by DCL
At some point in 1930 the distillery is closed until R. Cumming, a lawyer from Banff, resurrected it in 1951.
Hiram Walker purchased the distillery in 1955 four years later the distillery was entirely renovated.
During 1995 Inver House Distillers acquired the distillery and in1997 they released Old Pulteney as a 12 Year Old Single Malt
Pulteney is one of the most unique Scotch whisky distilleries. The wash still had no swan neck and it is thought that when the original still was delivered, it was too tall for the stillhouse and the manger insisted it was “cut off.”
The spirit still resembles a “ smuggler like kettle “ and the unique shape of both stills undoubtedly contributes to the distinctive character of the whisky.
Once distilled, the spirit is filled in to a selection of specially selected bourbon and sherry casks and laid to rest in the distillery warehouse, until the manger decides the optimum time for bottling each of the casks.
Throughout the years of maturation, the casks have taken time to absorb the Northern Scottish sea breeze and as a result, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is often referred to as The Manzanilla of the North.”
Old Pulteney Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Old Pulteney 12 year old
Old Pulteney 17 year old
Old Pulteney 21 year old#
Old Pulteney 30 year old
Old Pulteney 35 year old
Old Pulteney 40 year old
Old Pulteney WK499 (Travel Retail)
Old Pulteney liqueur discontined replaced by Stroma Liqueur
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky
12 year old 40% Alc/Vol. Highland single malt Whisky
Nose Medium to high intensity, dry with a hint of sea air.
Colour Deep amber with a slight pink hue.
Taste Dry, medium bodied and smooth with a clean finish: faintly salty with a slight sherry note.
Old Pulteney Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintage Older Discontinued Distillery Bottlings
Old Pulteney 15 year old Single Cask
Old Pulteney 18 year old Single Cask
Old Pulteney Aged 23 years
Old Pulteney Aged 26 years Bourbon cask limited edition
Old Pulteney 1983 Cask no 6181
Old Pulteney Isabella fortuna
Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Duncan Taylor Cask Strength,
Kingsbury (Japan Import System)
Private Cellar (Speyside Distillers)
Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail),
Rare Vintage (Gordon & MacPhail),
Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).
Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor).