Old Pulteney Duncansby Head

Old Pulteney Duncansby HeadEstablished 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.

Duncansby Head Lighthouse

The tidal stream flowing through the Pentland Firth earned it the title of ‘hell’s mouth’ in the days of sail and it is still a place where unwary ships can become a plaything of the sea. As the waters of the Atlantic flow into the North Sea they create a welter of races and waterfalls. In 1914 a temporary fog signal was placed at Duncansby Head close to John O’Groats which was then replaced by a permanent signal after the war. During the second World War, Duncansby Head was machine-gunned by an enemy bomber, but fortunately no-one was injured and no damage caused.

In 1968 a high power radar beacon was installed but has since been replaced by a low-power self operating type, which can be particularly useful as a warning where the coastline is not conspicuous on a radar display.


Appearance: Golden amber with bronze highlights

Aroma: Sweet, spicy with hints of green apples, raisins and chocolate

Tasting notes: Sweet and full bodied with notes of honey, chocolate and orange; rich and spicy with a long lasting finish

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.oldpulteney.com

*Info taken from bottle


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