Matured wholly in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, the 'unashamedly excellent' Old Pulteney 12-years-old 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.
Founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick's celebrated herring boom, the Pulteney Distillery is one of the most northerly on the British mainland.
At a time when road links to the town were yet to be established, the distillery was dependent on the sea for its supply of barley and for the shipping out of its malt whisky. Wick became known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers.
The distillery itself has an absorbing history, with its unique stills defying convention to this day. The wash still, in particular, is a source of fascination to visitors due to the absence of a 'swan neck'. Legend has it that when the still was delivered it was too tall for the still house and the manager simply decided to cut the top off! The Old Pulteney bottle now incorporates a bulbous neck to reflect the shape of the stills.
Over time, the distillery has passed through the hands of various owners, and even closed during times of trouble for the industry in 1930. Luckily, the repeal of an often forgotten period of prohibition in 1947 saw the welcome resumption of whisky production, with the distillery changing ownership a number of times, before its purchase by Inver House Distillers in 1995. Throughout this history what has endured is the quality of the whisky. Traditional craftsmanship and the distillery's windswept location continue to contribute to the award-winning whisky that is Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
|Region Produced in||Wick - Highland|
|Cask||American ex-Bourbon casks|
|Tasting Notes||Color: 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
|Awards||San Francisco World Spirits 2011 - Gold Medal|
San Francisco World Spirits 2013 - Gold Medal
IWSC 2009 - Silver Medal
IWSC 2010 - Silver Medal
IWSC 2011 - Silver Medal
IWSC 2013 - Silver Medal
IWSC 2014 - Silver Medal
International Spirits Challenge 2011 - Silver Medal
International Spirits Challenge 2013 - Silver Medal
Beverage Testing Institute 2013 - Gold Medal
|Storage Instructions||Cool and dry conditions|
|Manufacturer/Producer||Inver House Distillers Ltd.|
|Country Produced in||Scotland|
|1 Liter Proportion EUR||46.42|