Established in the port of Wick in 1826, this fine single malt is steeped in seafaring history. Back then, the windswept distillery was only accessible by sea and, as one of the busiest herring ports in the world, many of the distillery workers were also hardy fishermen.
Today, Old Pulteney Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is created using the same traditional methods of the 1800’s. The copper 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! This shape, known as a “smuggler’s Kettle”, contributes to the distinctive style of the whisky. It has also influenced the unique shape of the bottle.
Noss Head Lighthouse
Situated near Wick Caithness Head, the name Noss Head originates from the Old Norse word ‘Snos’ meaning a nose, the peak of a nose-shaped headland. Completed in 1849 by Robert Arnot of Inverness, the light was first exhibited on 18th June 1849. A new style of lantern with diagonal instead of vertical framing was first used by Stevenson at Nos Head. Stronger and less liable to intercept light in any particular direction it was adopted as standard pattern for the service. The lens which is approximately 6ft in diameter rotates by clockwork machinery around a mercury vapour lamp.
Appearance: Golden amber
Aroma: Slightly spicy on the nose with floral hints and traces of citrus fruits
Tasting notes: Sweet and spicy with hints of coconut, lemons and oranges; well balanced, full bodied with a long-lasting finish
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.oldpulteney.com
*Info taken from bottle