About the Distillery
This months featured malt is Old Pulteney 12yo. Pulteney distillery is the most Northern distillery in mainland Scotland situated in the town of Wick. Wick was established initially as a fishing town to chase the ample Herring that school off the Northern East coast. Wick became a wealthy town during the 1800’s “herring boom”. The history of Old Pulteney, Herring and the town of Wick are inextricably linked.
The Pulteney distillery was built in 1826, drawing water from the River Wick. It is believed that this water is the reason that the new make spirit has such a high level of sulphur. When the new make spirit is aged in bourbon barrels with high charring, it produces a butterscotch flavour, quite distinct to Old Pulteney.
Old Pulteney distillery is now owned by the Inverhouse group, who in turn are owned by International Beverage Holdings. The IBH stable of whiskies include Balblair, Knockandhu, Speyburn and Balmenach.
Old Pulteney 12yo - Our Thoughts
Old Pulteney uses first fill Bourbon barrels, which are heavily charred. This charred oak has the capacity to absorb lots of unpleasant flavours leaving a very clean clear whisky, but there is complexity there unique to this distillery due to the waters of the Wick and sea spray that fills the angels share in the barrels, which complex to make a rich, unusual, yet delicate intensity. These flavours dance around the pallet, from the first sip right through to the resounding finish.
Distillers Tasting Notes
Matured wholly in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, the ‘unashamedly excellent’ Old Pulteney 12yo is the definitive expression in the Old Pulteney family. Traditionally crafted using techniques that other distillers have long abandoned, this winner of numerous gold medals at the most prestigious international competitions is a high water-mark of quality spirits.
Colour: Deep amber with a slight pink hue.
Nose: Medium to high intensity, dry with a briny hint of sea air.
Palate: Sweet, floral, citrus: lemon and lime plus dry banana skin. Smooth and faintly salty.