‘A strange and beautiful sight to see the fleet put silently out against a rising moon, the sea-line rough as a wood with sails, and ever and again and one after another, a boat flitting swiftly by the silver disk’ – Robert Louis Stevenson
Established in 1826 in the town of Wick, Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly distillery on the mainland and at that time was only accessible by sea. The barley was brought in by sea, the whisky shipped out by boat and many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen. Sadly the fishing industry is no longer part of daily like in Wick but Pulteney 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.
Pulteney is one of the most unique Scotch whisky distilleries. The wash still has no swan neck and it is thought that when the original still was delivered, it was too tall for the stillhouse and the manager insisted it was “cut off”. The spirit still resembles a “smugglers Kettle” and both undoubtedly contribute to the distinctive character of the whisky.
Once distilled, the spirit is filled into a selection of specially selected bourbon and sherry casks and laid to rest in the distillery warehouses, until the distillery manager 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”
“Unashamedly excellent and deserves so much more recognition around the world” Jim Murray, Whisky Writer
Appearance: Deep amber, red golden (with a slight pink hue)
Aroma: Medium to high intensity and complexity. Dry with a hint of sea-air
Tasting Notes: Dry, medium bodied and smooth with a clean finish faintly salty with a slight sherry note
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.oldpulteney.com
*Info taken from bottle