12yr old 40% abv
Founded in 1826, this distillery relied heavily on the sea for it’s survival, to bring in the barley and to take away the malt whisky. ‘Pultney Town’ and Wick became known for shipping barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky). It is the one of the most northerly distilleries in Britain.
The stills in the distillery are quite unique and it is reflected in the neck of the Old Pultney bottle. Legend has it that when the wash still arrived it was to big for the building so the manager cut the swan neck off, this shape is known as a ‘smugglers kettle’.
There is a link between Old Pultney and Stein (all be it a bit tenuous). Thomas Telfor who designed the original plan for the village of Stein, was friends with Sir William Johnstone Pultney, who Pultneytown was named after. Telford designed the lade (water chanel) that supplied the distillery.
This is a sister whisky to the 21 year old that Jim Murray said was his Malt of the year in 2012.
Old Pultney is matured in Bourbon casks, its nose is dry with a hint of sea air.
Taste of citrus and floral notes with salted caramel to finish, some say a little water brings out more toffee notes. Anytime!
May is Whisky Month; good time to start your journey if you’ve never tried a malt, or a good time to experiment with new flavours. There are many whisky festivals on in Scotland this month – sadly none on Skye!
Old Pultney is owned by Inver House Distillery. Flowery with orange peel. Toffee, liquorice, malt and honey notes. With a soft and mellow finish. (All day)
Dry with a hint of sea-air. Smooth, clean, refreshing and lightly sherried. Old Pulteney lies in the fishing town of Wick and is the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland. It was established in 1826. (Appetizer)
8yr old 40% abv
Gordon and MacPhail.